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Contents for January, 1911 



Outlook in India as Seen from Home, By J. B. Emmert, 4 

Day by Day, By Florence Baker Pittenger, 6 

Establishing a Native Church, By D. J. Lichty, 7 

Living Faith, By C. H. Brubaker, 10 

Among the Hill Tribes of Rajpipla State, By Sadie Miller, 12 

Ignorance, Superstition, Witchcraft, By J. M. Blough, 14 

Conditions in America that Make Me Sad, By Nora E. Berkebile, 17 

The Power of Christianity in India, By A. W. Ross 19 

Progress and Reform, Arranged by I. S. L 21 

The Missionary's Wife, By Alice K. Eby, 23 

Death Among Non-Christians, By Eliza B. Miller, 24 

The Native Farmer's Wife, By Nora Lichty, 26 

The Missionary's Work in a Christian Community, By Anna Z. Blough, . . ..27 
Advantages of a Personal Representative on the Field, By Steven Berkebile, 29 

India Widows, By Erne V. Long, 30 

Our Gujarati Teachers, By Ida Himmelsbaugh, 32 

The Temptations of a Missionary, By J. M. Pittenger, 33 

Why I Want to Go Back to India, By Mary N. Quinter, 35 

The Sacred Vegetation of India, By Adam Ebey 37 

The Joy of Fellowship with the Home Church, By Gertrude E. Emmert, ... .39 

For Our Ministers, A message by E. H. E., 40 

The Little Missionary, By Emma H. - Eby, 42 

Temperance, W. B. Stover, 44 


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The Missionary Visitor 

Volume XIII January, 1911 

Number 1 

India Number 



First Church of the Brethren, India 

This Church was dedicated in March, 1909 

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J. M. B. 

Thanks to Bethany for your sympathy 
and prayers, as expressed in your cable, 
and I also want to thank all who are 
praying for us, because I know God is 
hearing and He is sustaining. In this 
providence we have found that the Lord 
is sufficient in the deepest sorrow. Praise 
His name. — Ella M. Brubaker. 

" Iii the midst of life we are in death," 
and our dear Bro. Brubaker has passed 
over to be at rest, the first of our number 
on the field. His lips are silent, yet his 
life speaks ; so do the messages which he 
left. How appropriate that his last mes- 
sage to the readers of the Visitor 
should be on " Living Faith." His was 
a living faith, indeed, ever growing 
stronger and stronger as he came nearer 
the brink, I call special attention to his 
article on this subject which comes to 
you as his farewell message from India. 
Peace to his ashes ! 

(Note — Entire credit for this issue of the 
Visitor belongs to our dear brethren and sis- 
ters of the India Mission, who have so kindly 
contributed the articles and supplied the il- 
lustrations. Special credit must be given 
Brother J. M. Blough who is the India editor 
for this issue. We most heartily commend 
the number to our thousands of readers for a 
careful study. The warmth conveyed by these 
articles is supplied by the pulse beat of active 
soul winners for Christ. — B — ) 

Special sympathy and prayer for the 
Quemahoning congregation, Pa., for they 
have now lost their second missionary. 
Almost to a day six years ago our Bro. 
Swigart, of sacred memory, passed 
away. He had just spent a month in the 
congregation and was ready to sail for 
India when he took sick with enteric 

fever and passed away. Bro. Brubaker 
also died of the same disease. Where 
will the congregation find some one to 
take his place? Must they wait two 
years this time until some one is ready? 
Who will step up and fill the gap ? 

We pray that this death among our al- 
ready small number may be to scores of 
brethren and sisters as a bugle call from 
God awaking the sleeping consciences 
and allowing no rest until they have an- 
swered with Isaiah, " Here am I, send 
me." Sickness has kept some from the 
field ; our number is dwindling down. 
The Board is seeking in vain for men to 
fill the places. "In vain" did I say? 
Oh, you will not let me say that, will you ? 
Europe, China and India need men, and 
perhaps this is the Lord's way of getting 
them. Oh, pray for laborers ; then look 
at yourself and friends and see whether 
you cannot help to answer the prayer. 

Bro. Pittenger writes : " Sunday 
afternoon, Oct. 23, we had the great joy 
of leading three dear souls into the bap- 
tismal waters. They were an aged moth- 
er, one of her sons and his wife. This 
mother is also the mother of one of our 
workers who has been teaching them the 
love of God ever since they came to the 
Dangs in June of 1909. We had to de- 
lay their baptism for some time because 
of wanting to continue some of their old 
customs. These they have become will- 
ing to abandon and now are happy in the 


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Lately a man was baptized at Ankle- 
shvar who had applied over a year ago. 
but because he had two wives he was put 
off. He then made arrangements to put 
one wife away, and now comes gladly 
into the Christian church. 

Bro. Ross has three schools near 
Songhad taught by young men from the 
common people. One is asking for bap- . 
tism. The depressed classes are waking 
up to the fact that Bro. Vishwas, our 
worker, is their friend and protector, 
and they come to him for advice and 
help. In the community there are sev- 
eral applicants for baptism. He has also 
three schools going in the west part of 
the Dangs. 

It is not an easy thing to keep up a 
school among the mountain Bhils. They 
are so indifferent to education that every 
appeal fails, and so poor that their pov- 
erty keeps the children from school. But 
to make this excuse invalid in Ahwa the 
missionary gives enough grain each day 
to each child to supply him with bread, 
yet the school is small. 

Sisters Himmelsbaugh and Ziegler 
have finished their second year's study 
and have taken their examination. Now 
they are ready and anxious for full work. 

Satan is not bound yet, neither is he 
a stranger among the saints in India. 
He attacks not only the Indian brethren 
and sisters, but also the missionaries, as 
clearly pointed out in the article, " The 
Missionary's Temptations." Neither has 
our brother been able to point out all the 
attacks of the evil one in this short arti- 
cle. " Blessed is he that endureth temp- 

What Bro. Long pleads for in his dis- 
cussion of the mission policy is what we 
all desire and must have just as soon as 
convenient. Several new missionaries 
from America would help us very much 
to realize this ideal soon. A good thing 
such as a Bible School must not be de- 

layed. As the orphan children are be- 
coming workers we are now beginning 
to have a sufficient number of workers 
that makes a Bible School a necessity as 
well as possibility. 

The variety of duties that come to a 
missionary is clearly seen from several 
of the articles, and surely you will con- 
clude that missionaries ought to be pos- 
sessors of extra talents. Well, we are 
not, though ; only ordinary men and wo- 
men, but if there are any with extraor- 
dinary ability we invite you to the mis- 
sion field and will guarantee to you op- 
portunity to use all your powers. Be 
not afraid of wasting your sweetness on 
the desert air. Even Indians appreciate 
ability, and especially virtue. 

1910 was rather a remarkable year for 
deaths among the missionaries' families. 
Bro. Berkebile's father, Sister Miller's 
mother, Bro. Blough's father and Bro. 
Pittenger's sister, — all passed away with- 
in a few months of one another. Then 
there were aunts and sisters-in-law and 
brother-in-law of others. It is always 
an important day when the foreign mail 
comes in, especially so when there is sick- 
ness among the loved ones at home. 
What will the news be? Then some- 
times, as in Sister Miller's case, there is 
no warning at all and the first news of 
death comes as a shock. The good Lord 
knows all and keepeth His own. 

Health among the missionaries is not 
as good as sometimes. Fever has at- 
tacked several families rather severely, 
but we hope with proper care and medi- 
cine all will pull through all right. Dur- 
ing the fall is the fever season, but the 
winter months generally bring all new 
vigor and strength. Sick missionaries 
are like sick soldiers, and to be sure no 
one wants to be sick. Pray for the health 
of your missionaries. And may we have 
wisdom enough to know how to care for 
our health in a trying climate. 

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The thirty-fifth missionary sent out 
under our Board to India is expected to 
land in Bombay Nov. 27. It is Sister 
Ida Shumaker, whom we are glad to 
welcome on the field and in the work. 
Thirty-six missionaries in sixteen years. 
But of this number six are permanently 
in America (four because of failing 
health), one has died, two are furloughed 
home on account of ill health, and four 
are on regular furlough, so you see the 
force of active missionaries on the field 
is not large — in fact, not as large as it 
was a few years ago. Then, but few 
were to go on furlough and most were 
just coming out. Now, it seems that 
more return to America than go out. We 
hope this may soon be reversed. We 
must not be discouraged. All missions 
suffer losses in this same wav and a large 

per cent of the missionaries sent out are 
unable to serve over ten years on the 
field. Now governments always supply 
at once all vacancies in their service all 
over the world, and continually supply 
their armies and navies with new men, 
fresh and strong for service. Surely the 
Master's business is no less important. 
Furloughs are necessary and yet we 
shrink from taking them even at the reg- 
ular time while the force of workers on 
the field is so insufficient. 

1911 ! ! May we not pray that it may 
be the best year yet for the missions of 
the Church of the Brethren, both home 
and foreign ? We can make it that if we 
all set ourselves to it and work and pray 
as if our hearts were in it. Pray! Give! 
Send ! Go ! 


J. B. Emmert 

ISTANCE may lend 
enchantment to the 
view of the mission- 
ary as he sees his field 
from afar, bringing 
into sharper outline 
the general contour 
of the great final ob- 
ject of Christian mis- 
sions ; the outstand- 
ing difficulties or ad- 
vantages; successes achieved or failures 
experienced ; and the pressing needs of 
the hour and special opportunities for 
immediate action ; while reducing to the 
minimum the wearing, conflicting and 
exhausting details he is so used to in the 
midst of his work. It is good that it is 
so. It is possible for the work to suffer 

because the broader view is lost in the 
complexity and perplexity of minor de- 

India is in the midst of that vast terri- 
tory of the East all across which a thrill 
of new life is felt. It is manifesting itself 
educationally in the increasing desire of 
all classes for schools. The various re- 
form movements championed by some, 
and the tendency of others to disregard 
all religion, shows it in religious circles. 
Increasing laxity in the observance of 
certain caste distinctions and the com- 
mendable effort of many progressive 
gentlemen to give more equal education- 
al and moral advantages to the millions 
in the depressed classes, evidence a 
healthy social awakening. The wide- 
spread interest in industrial education 


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shown in the establishment of many tech- 
nical schools and the gradual introduc- 
tion of western implements and methods 
foretell a new industral era. Mention 
need scarcely be made of the great polit- 
ical unrest and agitation termed patri- 
otic or seditious, according to the view 
point taken. 

In the midst of these various and sig- 
nificant movements, which are them- 
selves largely the result of mission activ- 
ity, the great yet humble and unpreten- 
tious propaganda is being conducted. 
The result will not be found alone in the 
number of conversions, but must be 
sought in its wider and far-reaching 
effect on an awakening race. The 
mighty influence the message of the 
Christ shall wield in these times of re- 
construction can be curtailed only by the 
neglect of the church at home to push out 
and uphold a sufficient number of well 
equipped and devoted heralds of the 
Cross. The reflex influence of such an 
advance movement on the home church 
in the development of Christian character 
and broader sympathies, will be much 
greater than is commonly anticipated. 
Indeed, this is one of the means by which 
the Lord would have His people develop. 

Of the million and more souls in our 
field perhaps four hundred thousand are 
illiterates of the backward classes. They 
are undeveloped, downtrodden and de- 
pressed, but with latent possibilities of 
no mean order, as evidenced by the re- 
markable progress already made by 
members of their class. The numerous 
baptisms among them the past few years 
are an earnest of the thousands to be in 
the near future. There are but few 
schools among them. Their education 
can be largely in our own hands if we so 
desire and enter the door opened before 
us. Government does not open other 
schools where ours are adequately meet- 
ing the needs of the community. But 
five or six dollars a month will provide 
a school large enough for thirty or forty 
pupils. It will put them under the 

moulding influence of a Christian teacher 
and provide a Sunday-school. What 
marvels could be accomplished should the 
home church fully awake to this oppor- 
tunity ! 

By no means are all the hopeful signs 
to be found abroad. The outlook in In- 
dia is vastly influenced by the attitude of 
the church at home. This attitude is 
most hopeful. What changes have oc- 
curred in the past fifteen years ! Then 
the church stood back and looked at a 
work not owned as their own, but that 
of a few eccentric people whom they al- 
lowed to go, but whose failure they ex- 
pected and some almost hoped for. It is 
so different now. The returned mission- 
ary has more calls than he can fill. 
Eager listeners give rapt attention to his 
reports of the work and respond most 
heartily to those showing prospects, op- 
portunities and clear statements of pres- 
ent needs and the part the church is re- 
sponsible for. They are proud to own 
the work as their own through their rep- 
resentatives. The fact that but one open 
opponent was met during our year at 
home, and that at least four widely-sep- 
arated audiences literally rose sponta- 
neously and unitedly, or as individuals, 
and contributed liberally for the support 
of village schools at the mere mention 
of the splendid opportunity, is abundant 
evidence of a vital interest. 

Money is not all we need. We need 
life. We need strong young people with 
a vision of what God is doing and wants 
to do in these last days. Open doors to 
unoccupied fields demand them. Work 
now in hand demands them. Ah, and 
may it touch the heart of many a true 
child of the Father, the recent home go- 
ing of one of your representatives calls 
for them. Shall the work suffer because 
there are none to fill the gap or to enter 
the open doors? Is the church agoniz- 
ing in prayer to the Lord of the harvest 
to thrust out laborers into His harvest? 

Times of transition are never smooth. 

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Some always suffer and even give their 
lives for the progress that others later 
enjoy. The turning point of the battle is 
often the moment of fiercest and most 
deadly conflict. This reconstruction of 
civilizations, changing of religions, and 

perhaps even modifying of governments 
may not come about without suffering; 
but in years to come, when this age is 
seen in its true perspective, Christian 
missions will find its place among the 
most important causes and resources. 


Florence Baker Pittenger 

FTER living nearly 
four years among 
these simple, ignorant 
people of the forest, 
it is most interesting 
to compare with actual 
experience the mental 
picture of a foreign 
missionary we had 
formed during our 
school days. 
We thought of the missionary as 
preaching, preaching, from morning till 
night and into the night. Of course, it 
is the missionary's business to preach. 
However, our preaching must be done 
by example rather than by precept. 

During all these ages the poor people 
of this vast jungle have simply existed. 
No one has ever taught them. They 
know nothing of this beautiful world be- 
yond the confines of this forest. The 
only ones who get outside are the ones 
who are taken out as prisoners by the 
English government. They live with 
their cattle, which are counted members 
of the family. When one dies they weep 
and consider it a great calamity. 

At the root of all their sin and misery 
is the awful drink habit. Be it a shame 
to say that all over this jungle the En- 
glish government has licensed liquor 
shops. The poor people are robbed of 
all they have, and their bodies grow 
weaker as time advances. Do you won- 
der that their minds are almost a blank 

and that mere words can not penetrate 
them ? 

In their vocabulary they have no 
words to correspond to the words most 
precious to us, such as Savior, salvation, 
mercy, faith and grace. The only way 
we can teach them of God is to live the 
God-life into them. Each day gives us 
opportunity to do this. Often the op- 
portunity is not after our own choosing. 
At times the flesh must again be crucified 
before we can go on with the task be- 
fore us. 

Sometimes this opportunity of service 
is in the form of taking in and caring 
for an out-caste who is sick and so filthy 
that words fail to convey the real condi- 
tion. At another time it is to be patient 
with one who is so full of the devil that 
it seems impossible to be patient. Again, 
when we have some work laid out for 
the day, which to us seems very im- 
portant and just what must be done in 
order that the kingdom may grow, we 
are called to come where sickness has 
entered the lowly hovel. We drop ev- 
erything and go and find that the child 
has lain in convulsions already for about 
twelve hours. We do what we can, and 
sit hour by hour with the women and 
-cattle in the small mud hut. Our heart 
goes up to God in most earnest inter- 
cession that somehow in some way the 
light may come into the darkened hearts 
about us. 

The next dav our veranda is full of 


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people and the missionary is trying - to 
teach them of better things. All at once 
there comes a woman rushing, all out of 
breath, and crying. At last we under- 
stand that a snake has bitten her hus- 
band. In all haste the horse is saddled 
and he never slacks his speed until the 
unfortunate man is reached. In God's 
name medicine is administered, and after 
days of careful nursing and watching 
the man is healed. Another victory for 
the Lord's side. 

We are miles and miles away from all 
sources of supplies, and our native breth- 
ren and helpers look to us for what they 
need. The missionary must often be a 
carpenter, a blacksmith, a tinner and 
most everything else. We pray, " O 
God help us to do these things in Thy 

name, and grant that souls may be 
touched through these means as we take 
each day as being planned by Thee." 

Thus day by day we need your 
prayers that we faint not in well doing. 
Most of all, these poor people need your 
prayers and help. They come to us 
daily for medicines for healing of their 
sick bodies. Their souls are more sick 
than their bodies, and yet they know it 

Oh, for wisdom and strength to do 
each day's duties ! These lines have 
often comforted us : 

" Not mine the planning and arranging, 
Not mine the right to choose, 
Not mine the issue of the conflict, 
Not mine to win or lose." 

Ahwa, Dongs, India. 


D. J. Lichty 

N no country can so 
complex social phe- 
nomena and conglom- 
eration of races be 
found as in India. 
Here also society and 
custom reign supreme 
while the individual 
counts for little or 
nothing. The Church 
of Jesus Christ as to 
purpose and constitution is a social or- 
ganization, but she is not an end in her- 
self. Instead she exists for the good of 
each individual member. How best to 
assimilate, reconcile and organize rep- 
resentatives from the various conflicting 
castes, creeds, races, languages and 
trades into a social organization, with the 
Christian ideal, is one of the greatest 

missionary problems of the day. Yet 
where the Holy Spirit leads God's ser- 
vants in the work " mountains " are 
daily " removed into the sea " with re- 
spect to these difficulties. It requires 
great faith, much prayer, humble plod- 
ding, and sometimes years of patient 
waiting to establish a self-governing, 
self-supporting and self-propagating 
church in India. 

Throughout the length and breath of 
the land, churches in all stages of devel- 
opment may be found, varying according 
to the temperament, traditions, as well as. 
the educational and financial standing of 
the converts drawn from the various 
castes and races. Then, too, the time ele- 
ment must be taken into consideration; 
but, after all, most depends upon the 
worker and the material to be wrought 

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The Vulli Mission House to the East. 

upon in reckoning how long it will take 
with God's help to establish a church in 
India or in any other land. 

Our church at Vulli, with which we 
have had considerable to do, consists 
mostly of Bhils ; a people of fine 
physique and kindly disposition, but they 
are more capable of being taught and 
managed than of teaching and leading 
others. They are thus because of many 
years of oppression and servitude at the 
hand of more highly civilized and power- 
ful races. But even among the higher 
classes the element of leadership is all too 
rare, for where caste and custom dictate, 
initiative and individual thought and 
effort are crowded to the wall. Among 
such there is something approximating 
to a public conscience, but not of the 
individual. For the present this class 
does not concern us a great deal, as we 
have only a limited number in the pres- 
ent membership of the church. Our most 
promising talent lies with those of our 
community, who, from whatsoever caste 
they originated, have been brought up in 
our orphanages. We are glad to wel- 
come an increasing number of such as 
the years go by. They come here to set 
up in life and to make a livelihood in a 
Christian environment, and in turn they 

are of special service to the community 
and church. But these are young and in- 
experienced. In a large measure we still 
need to be their father and mother, their 
teacher, legal adviser as well as guardian 
of their physical and spiritual good. 

Right here there is grave danger lest 
we assume this responsibility longer than 
is necessary and to the hurt of those in 
our care. True it is that they lack con- 
fidence in themselves and in each other, 
and sometimes they do fall, but he who 
has never fallen has never walked, nor 
does he know success who has never 

A good example of this occurred when 
we first tried to wean our people from al- 
ways appealing to us for justice and set- 
tlement in their personal differences and 
petty grievances. Two Christian wo- 
men, through a personal quarrel, in- 
volved others of the community in a 
hand-to-hand fight in which one woman 
got her arm badly bruised and the church 
was almost rent asunder. Then when 
things went from bad to worse we 
showed them the better way according 
to the 18th chapter of Matthew, and who 
will deny that they are stronger for hav- 
ing gone through this turbulent experi- 


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In the early days of our residence in 
Vulli, when we ourselves lived in a small, 
thatched hut, church attendance was small 
and most of our meetings were held in 
the open. By the time we were favored 
with better living quarters the congrega- 
tion had considerably increased, but we 
had room for the services in our apart- 
ment for a time. Later, however, the 
need of a separate churchhouse became 
apparent. Naturally the church ex- 
pected the mission to build them a fine, 
large edifice, but today they are happier 
and stronger Christians for having to 
worship in a more humble structure of 
their own building. 

How best to raise funds for necessary 
church expenses, though ever so small, 
and for cooperation with the mission in 
carrying on the evangelistic work is not 
merely a matter of showing them their 
duty and obligation. Often we have had 
to show and help them out of abject pov- 
erty and gross indebtedness in order that 
they might have something to give. In 
some instances this was accomplished by 
the loan of a few rupees without the us- 
ual exorbitant interest charged by the 
money lenders of the land ; in others by 
urging the necessity of greater economy 
and industriousness. Some have needed 
suggestions of improved ways and meth- 
ods. In a few cases we have had to tem- 
porarily assume the management of their 
temporal affairs. All this can be best 
accomplished where we have arranged 
for Christian settlements. At the pres- 
ent time as fast as means come to hand 

we are effecting such a settlement in 
Vulli. Whether it will ever be effectively 
accomplished or not will depend largely 
on the generosity of our more wealthy 
brethren in America. It must also be 
remembered that such settlements are 
even more conducive to the spiritual good 
of the people than of their temporal wel- 
fare. To a great extent our people are 
thus protected from heathen and evil en- 
vironments, and that, too, with greater 
facilities for growing in grace and for in- 
fluencing their non-Christian neighbors 
for good. 

As much as possible we try to suit that 
form of government and church disci- 
pline to the Indian church which is 
in vogue in America, but sometimes 
when no principle is involved, we 
find it well to adapt discipline, 
methods, etc., to the peculiar con- 
ditions of the people. For example, the 
sisters are allowed to wear the custom- 
ary sare for prayer veils. Instead of 
kneeling, our people fall on their faces in 
prayer. Before a brother is chosen to the 
first degree of the ministry he must have 
shown himself a good lay preacher. On 
our church record we keep a list of the 
active members and one of those who are 
only nominal members. Much more 
could be told, but this is rather a subject 
for a large volume than a short essay. 
Suffice it to say that in order to estab- 
lish a native church we must be all things 
to all men if by any means we might 
save some. Let the home church also 
remember her part. 


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C. H. Brubaker 

NE Saturday evening, 
when out in a village 
preaching, three na- 
tive brethren and my- 
self, while going 
apart to pray, were 
accosted by a man 
from another village 
three miles distant. 
He said, "The patal is 
bedfast for seven 
months past. My wife is in the same 
state for the past five years. Come over 
and examine them. I'll send a cart for 

Expecting a good day on Sunday in 
Nanoli, where we had been for several 
days, we promised the man to come 
Monday morning. Not having any med- 
icines with us and being twelve miles 
from home what could we do ? Oh, how 
helpless ! On Sunday we made it a mat- 
ter of special prayer. We prayed God 
to reveal His will for us and for the sick 
to whom we had been called. We felt 
the Spirit leading us into a deeper con- 
secration to God. All day God was very 
near us. On Monday morning, before 
starting on our visit, the latter part of 
Mark 16 impressed itself upon our 
minds. The impression remained. Reach- 
ing the village we were led to go apart 
for another season of prayer. We held 
ourselves in readiness to do the Spirit's 
bidding. The suggestion came to our 
Bro. Mahadav to speak to the patal first 
of all about his sin causing his helpless 
condition. The man confessed to it. 
Then he told him of Jesus, of His power 
over sin and disease. He told vividly 
some of Jesus' miracles. He listened to 
all attentively. He believed the Word 

C. H. Brutaaker's Grave. That One Near 
the Front Is His. 

which he heard. Being asked if he 
thought Jesus could do the same today, 
without hesitancy he answered, " Yes." 
He was desirous of rising. He mani- 
fested a childlike, living faith. Seeing 
his face, already lit up with expectation, 
and beholding his faith in Jesus' power, 
the Spirit prompted me to say to him, 
"According to your faith in the name of 
Jesus arise and walk." Immediately he 
arose from his bed and standing on his 
feet, walked out to the veranda and back. 
We all praised God for His presence 
and power. The patel also seemed de- 
sirous of praising God but did not know 
how. Four days later I went back to 
visit him. I found him still able to walk, 
trusting in Jesus' sustaining power. 
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from the New Testament, I sang some 
Marathi songs. To my glad surprise he 
joined me in the songs of trust and 
praise. In one song of joy he even start- 
ed the tune before me. When I asked 
him if he could not read he replied, " I 
can read a little and by the grace of God 
I can read more now !" He told me that 
whatever sin God would show him in his 
life he would leave it. His spontaneous 
joy and expressions of willingness to do 
God's will were clear manifestations that 
God was dealing with him. 

I promised him the Gospel to read and 
for this he was glad. Some day after- 
wards when I called he was in another 
village visiting. I left one of the Gospels 
with his family. Soon after this we were 
transferred to' Vada and I have not seen 
the patel since. But Bro. Mahadev has 
seen him and says he is well and has 
asked for the Bible. We have prayed 
and still pray that just as he has felt the 
power of Jesus in his body he may yet 
feel it in his soul, resulting in his com- 
plete salvation. 

In the man's possession, who called us, 
we found a worn copy of John's Gospel. 
His father, now dead, had handed it 
down to him. He had read it some, but 
now having seen the wondrous working 
power of Jesus with his own eyes, he 
promised to read it faithfully day by day 
henceforth. God grant he may do so. 

The Word of God shall not return un- 

Road Leading 1 From the Cemetery. 

to Him void. Who knows but that the 
contents of this little Gospel kindled the 
faith of the man causing him to send for 
Christian ministration? We with our 
education and experience and lack of 
faith are wont to say the day of miracles 
is past. But here a child of the forest, 
untouched by the doubts of civilization, 
with a simple, childlike, living faith laid 
hold of God and God met him. 

Vada, Than a District, India. 


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iSadie J. Miller 

AJPIPLA State com- 
prises an area of 1,300 
square miles, being 
divided into six coun- 
ties. Two of these are 
rugged with chains of 
hills, among which lie 
many villages, popu- 
lated exclusively with 

Few other peoples 
are seen among them except the occa- 
sional " fakir " who demands his living, 
always, wherever he goes, from the 
people among whom he may chance to 
be. The money lenders, who impose 
their high rate of interest on this poor 
and ignorant people, have also made 
their way to them. Liquor dealers have 
learned to trap them, and as a result we 
find their rum shops set up in a few vil- 
lages, and these low classes are taken 
down to the very lowest depths human 
beings can get. 

Before famine they knew not such a 
thing as want, for the products from 
their farms were stored in the houses 
and consumed as necessity demanded. 
They ground the grain into flour and ate 
the rice that grew by their doors. But 
famine robbed them of their independ- 
ence. Houses and homes and lands were 
forsaken in search of sustenance for the 
famished bodies. Many of the half- 
starved fell prey to the wild animals 
prowling through the hills. 

Today we meet them and they speak of 
the missing ones. Some were taken one 
way and some another, but they are 
gone. There are others of whom they 
can give no account, and still others 

who they thought were dead, and for 
whom they had the usual honored, ex- 
pensive feast, but who made their ap- 
pearance after that. 

These are those who have been res- 
cued by the. missionaries and who have 
fared far better than any of them. They 
have come through great tribulation, to 
be sure, but being filled with the wisdom 
of God fail not to carry the message of 
peace to those at home. Those thus 
spared to their home community con- 
sider themselves fortunate, and while un- 
able to regain the former degree of com- 
fort and independence, financially, from 
the fat of the land, they keep the ideal 
before them with the hope of some day 

The most northeasterly county of 
Rajpipla State has among its inhabitants 
a class of Bheels who compare well with 
the cannibals, for it is said they have 
actually been known to eat human flesh. 
These are the most backward. Men from 
this side go in the springtime to purchase 
oxen for tilling the soil as they can be 
gotten cheaper from these backward 
races. The scantily-clad people flee in 
fear from those who wear more clothing 
than themselves. What their consterna- 
tion would be on seeing a white person 
can almost be fancied, considering the 
fact that they fear their own kind who 
wear a long dhoti (lower garment) and 

A Christian man tells how when he 
reached a certain boundary, he removed 
his coat and put on a dirty sort of dhoti, 
tucking it up well so it appeared more 
nearly like their mere loin cloth, and in 
this way he succeeded in approaching 


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these jungle people, besides being able to 
strike a bargain in purchasing his oxen, 
the business for which he had started. 

The Dherd and sweeper castes of In- 
dia are despised because they eat car- 
rion; so it is claimed, yet these Bheels 
eat rats and carrion, but are not despised. 
Perhaps because the Hindoo Shastras 
(bibles) despise them not, no matter 
about the inconsistencies. But these hill 
tribes hold little caste except as they 
have been taught by high castes. We as 
missionaries hope to gain a foothold 
among them before caste people can 
make their impressions. 

Their religion is one of simplicity, 
compared to that of Hindoos. A mere 
stone with a few daubs of red and white 
coloring matter suffices. To this they 
bow and make sacrifices. Chickens and 
goats are offered, but never human 
blood, as has been known among Hin- 
doos. The gods are consulted in case of 
disease or sickness, be this among people 
or live stock. Besides the stone god 
under the banyan tree on the hillside 
each man keeps one or more in his house, 
that fate may be his friend and not his 

A Christian man saw a stone which 
was carved the shape of a footstool and 
he felt disposed to carry it home for 
footstool purposes. When he loaded it 
on the cart his heathen companion said, 
" Brother, if you take that god along I 
am afraid to ride with you, lest some- 
thing evil befall us." The Christian man 
assured him that God had made stones 
for man's use, however, he chose to use 
them, and he took it. Today you may 
see that stone in his home being used to 
sit on or for a footstool. Many of the 
larger stones have carved on them a per- 
son with sword in hand, or the person 
may be seated on a horse with some 
such weapon. I am often reminded of 
the pictures in our United States histo- 
ries in connection with the American 
Indian, who dreams of heaven as a hap- 
py hunting ground. No doubt it is simi- 
lar, for these Bheels are notorious hunt- 
ers, especially with the bow and arrow. 

Some of the men among these hill 
tribes have as many as seven wives, but 
this is the exception rather than the rule. 
Many of them have two. Plurality of 
wives indicates much strife, for it is 
quite universal. Whether among Mo- 

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hammedans, Mormons or Bheels it is the 
foe to peace. With the Bheels, however, 
it is not a matter of religion, but one of 
convenience and reputation ; conveni- 
ence, in that a farmer needs many help- 
ers to do his work, and reputation, in 
that he who can have more than one 
wife is said to be in good circumstances 
financially. He may be the wealthiest 
man within a radius of five or six miles, 
and few of them live in a larger world 
than this, hence limited ideals and bliss- 
ful ignorance. 

A woman said to me, " I have never 
met or heard of any one in all my life 
who would do for others what you do. 
Our Bheel people care for their own 
house and show interest in their rel- 
atives, but others must go and receive 
help as best they can." Living such a 
limited life and in such a small world 
would you consider that as a compli- 
ment? I do not. 

There are manv avenues of work 

among them. The door is open and no 
caste rules keep us at a distance from 
them, as is the case among so many of 
India's people. A woman, especially, can 
get closer to their home life than any 
one else. I can sit with them by the 
fireside while they cook their meals, a 
thing which could never be among high- 
er castes, because no one but fellow 
caste men may come near their cooking 

We are daily among them and in their 
homes with them, but think for a mo- 
ment how few we are ! I am the only 
single missionary among all these 120,- 
000 people of Rajpipla State. Our mar- 
ried sisters find enough work in their 
home to care for the Christian women 
who need teaching, also. 

Are you willing to come over and help 
us? The need is great, just as great as 
in Christ's time. Just as great as in 
Paul's time. Who will come to their 
rescue ? 


J. M. Blough 

N the north of Bul- 
sar town is a Moham- 
medan cemetery 
which has become a 
den of ignorant wor- 
ship and degrading 
superstition. There 
are seven tombs in all, 
but one is regarded 
with more honor than 
the others. It is the 
tomb of Peer Sheramshaw, who died 
over 100 years ago. Now Peer means a 
Mohammedan saint. Over this tomb a 
small hut was built many years ago, but 

ten years ago it was replaced by a nice 
temple-like building with open, arched 
sides. Before this time the cemetery 
was a jungle and a favorite place for the 
libertines of the town, who sought its 
retreats to feed their lusts. Finally the 
good men of Bulsar interfered and the 
place was improved. A Mohammedan 
family is now in daily attendance to 
guard the place and assist the worship- 

Since the new house has been built 
many people flock to the place for wor- 
ship, seeking health and deliverance 
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Bung-alow at Bulsar. 

witches. Every day they come. I have 
often seen the place, but never saw it 
vacant. The story goes that in a neigh- 
boring township an afflicted tailor had a 
dream in which it was said, " The Peer 
in Bulsar is very good; why not go to 
him ? " He went and was cured, and 
from that day on people frequent this 
place. And if "you would make a list of 
all the miracles said to have been 
wrought here you would likely have a 
longer list than all the miracles recorded 
in all the religious books extant. Blind 
superstition and religious fanaticism it 
is indeed, yet their faith is as strong as 
our faith in Christ. 

What people frequent the place? I 
have seen . Parsees, Mohammedans and 
Hindus, all together bow down and hon- 
or the Peer. The last two classes are far 
in the majority, however. Nearly all 
castes of Hindus attend. But no one 
must think that all Parsees, Mohammed- 
ans, and Hindus come here; by no 
means. Most of the Bulsar community, 
especially the educated class, despise the 
place and join Christians in denouncing 
it. In fact, some years ago two Parsees 
wrote so strongly against the place that 
the Mohammedans filed a suit against 
them. But the Parsees won and the de- 
cision of the collector was strong in de- 
nouncing this fanaticism. But still it 
goes on. 

They come for all sorts of diseases 
and ailments. I have gone among them 
and got their story first-hand. One crazy 
man has been there for ten months. For 
six months he had to be tied with a chain 
outside ; now he is better and sits every 
day before the tomb. One boy has a 
sore eye and he is waiting, but the spirit 
has not come upon him yet. Another 
has brought his blind aunt, and eight 
days have passed by. ' Another had stiff 
limbs and was carried here and got well. 
Another has a sick child and so brin- 
it. So with bruises, burns, aches of all 
descriptions, etc., etc. But I saw n 
lepers and no dead. 

Now their faith is that Peer can cure 
them. No doubt most of them attribute 
their suffering to an evil spirit or 
evil eye, or some influence, direct or in- 
direct, of demon or witch. They belr 
that by the worship of Peer the cause 
can be found out and a cure effected. 
Now how is this done? Here comes the 
indescribable. The secret lies in being 
able to get under the power of the god 
who possesses the individual and speaks 
through him. All this is wrapped up in 
the Gujarati word, " dhoon." And if 
you would see it once you would never 
forget it. It is defined as " being under 
a demoniac influence causing a violent 
shaking of the head." See that man ! 
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has been whirling his head around so 
violently that one cannot imagine how 
it is possible. Perhaps few would ques- 
tion his being demon-possessed. See 
that woman ! There she sits before the 
tomb and for a whole hour she has been 
tossing her head (her hair all disheveled 
and flying in the air — an awful sight) 
with only short stops for rest, and all 
the while uttering hideous shrieks. She 
has the spirit, i. e., the god has possessed 
her and what she utters now is the voice 
of god. Oh, defamation ! But in it is 
the deception. What is commanded now 
must be done, perhaps bring an offering, 
offer a sacrifice, whatever, who can tell 
what? But the shrieks of many cannot 
be understood. This woman is a fraud ; 
she begins and stops as she pleases. 
Seven years ago she was healed here 
and the god commanded her to come 
every day for thanksgiving and she 
comes. If she stays away she will be 
punished. And there is another woman 
at it (women are in the majority) ; she 
bellows like a calf, throws herself on the 
ground and rolls around and shakes her 
head. Soon she is exhausted and lie? 
quiet, then gets up and walks away. All 
want to dhoon, but cannot, yet I have 

seen as high as six at a time, old and 
young, men and women. 

Women bring their little children 
along, and while they perform, the poor 
little things stand bewildered. Oh, you 
pity them ! First when you see this 
performance you are amazed, then filled 
with pity and horror ; but the more you 
study it the more you can see the seven- 
headed devil-monster back of it all. He, 
the bewitcher, is gaining worship for 
himself and enjoys it, and these poor, 
superstitious, benighted souls are hi? 
victims. Reason is gone and the decep- 
tion is complete. The attendants aid by 
their ceremonies and sacred water and 
incense. Are all deceived? Is no one 
cured? Much no doubt is due to hal- 
lucinations of the mind. The mind has 
a great power over the body and in this 
way some may have secured for them- 
selves a sort of relief. Much is hypoc- 
risy and some may be real demon pos- 
session. But the whole of it, whatever 
its essence, brings glory to the devil, but 
not to God, and is a most stubborn enemy 
before the Christian religion, but will be 
conquered by light and truth as it was 
in the Western nations. This is our 
hope in the Gospel. 

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Nora E. Berkebile 

and seventeen Italian 
immigrants on our 
ship, the Duca de la 
Abruszi, and the ship 
which left harbor a 
few hours before ours 
carried as many more, 
and all bound for the 
United States. It 
made us sad, because 
the majority of these were a gain to Italy 
when they left and a loss to America 
when they landed, because they brought 
Catholicism with its Sunday desecration, 
anarchy, drunkenness, etc., into the fair 
land once settled by the God-fearing, 
law-abiding Pilgrim Fathers and the 
simple-hearted, peace-loving Quakers 
with their Huguenot neighbors to the 
south, who came not for wealth, but for 
a place to worship God in peace. 

I saw, where once there had been 
small frame Catholic churches, great 
massive brick and stone churches in their 
places. I see in the country districts, 
where there had been flourishing congre- 
gations and well-kept churches, that in 
many places the hitching rails are broken 
down, lawns grown up with weeds, build- 
ings unpainted, and a general air of neg- 
lect about that tells us the spiritual life 
is low. The foreigners bring money and 
members for the Catholic churches, while 
the Protestants are growing neglectful 
about the spiritual life and apparently 
blind to this growth of Catholicism. 

The granaries groaning with grain, 
barns made greater, houses remodeled, 
fences built up and lawns well kept, but 
too busy taking care of the blessings God 
is giving to keep His house in repair. 

The same old story as of old ; when pros- 
perity came to Israel they forgot God. 

The foreigners in the city means a 
greater need for city work, and it makes 
me sad because the District Mission 
Boards must call in vain for city work- 
ers. Are there no preachers, or are they 
making excuses? There is one excuse 
that is lawful, and that is the needs of 
the country church ; but many do not 
have that excuse to offer, for they are 
where there are others to care for the 
country church. They have their farm 
or their children as their excuse. They 
forget about the foreign missionary who 
must raise his child in a heathen land. 
His child is cut off from the great school 
life that America offers, and is sur- 
rounded by heathendom, but he does not 
shirk because of this, and he knows the 
work is so great that someone must take 
his child and go. Does he love his child 
less than these who refuse to go to the 
city because of their children? If all 
made that excuse only childless preach- 
ers and their wives and unmarried men 
would have to occupy the city mission 
points. Do they forget that God so loved 
the world that He sent His Son, and sent 
Him into a far worse place than an 
American city? Of course it is not the 
ideal life for our own pleasure and con- 
tentment, but it is where the workers, are 
needed, oh "so much, to gather in the 
souls away from the paths of sin. 

At the Annual Conference, when we 
saw so many young men and women and 
heard them singing those hymns of con- 
secration and trust, we thought sure they 
would respond to the great call for work- 
ers. As they sang, " I will follow Jesus," 
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Bungalow at Vala. 

would follow when He called to India 
or China. As they sang, " Simply trust 
Him," I thought, surely now they mean 
what they sing and some from this vast 
number will " Trust Him " enough to go 
" with Him all the way ;" but no, not one 
could trust Him enough to go even to 
Denmark or France ; but on the platform 
were two facing the audience, one for 
China and one for India, and I am sure 
if manv of those noble young men and 
women who were fighting against the 
call could have seen the joy in the hearts 
of those two there would have been a 
score of volunteers. 

Many who can not go are following 
by giving, or by prayer, or both, but sure- 
ly the Lord had more in that audience 
whom He was calling to go all the way. 

Millions dying without the Light 
across the sea, and young people here re- 
fusing to go. 

Great, strong, mental giants "hiding 
behind the stuff." I wondered how such 
men and women, in good health, so well 
prepared for the field, could keep from 
arising and pleading, " Here am I, send 
me, " when such a glorious privilege was 
offered them. 

I am sad because some strong men 

who could go feel it their duty to get 
others ready to go. There are men who 
would but cannot go, who are able to do 
the preparing. 

Why is the missionary spirit so great 
in the coming missionary incubator of 
the church ? Because the men at its head 
are men who would have gladly gone to 
the field but ill health prevented them 
from going. They felt the burden of 
heathen souls, and they feel it today and 
are burning it into the hearts of those 
under their instruction ; but those who 
can go and will not need not try to make 
others feel the call, for they can not 
plead for another to go where they will 
not go themselves. 

All these things existing, when the dear 
Father is so good and has been calling 
so long for harvesters, make us sad, and 
when we see our darker brethren away 
from the light, when we see how they 
need the Lord, and when we know how 
happy it makes us when we go we won- 
der why there are not more volunteers 
than the Board can care for. We are 
sad until we think of the promises of 
God, and then we grow hopeful and look 
forward a year to the coming forward of 
men and women of might who will go 
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A. W. Ross 

Part II. 

She has seen the in- 
security of her posi- 
tion and is seeking to 
adjust herself to en- 
lightened conditions. 
The Christian's learn- 
ing, his arts and- his 
sciences, his temporal 
means of progress 
and enlightenment, 
yea, everything the Christian has ex- 
cept his Bible and his Christ, awakened 
India is greedily seeking for and en- 
deavoring to assimilate and to Hinduize. 
Back to the Vedas and freedom from the 
foreigner and his religion has become 
the cry on many a lip. The great giant 
has been aroused. Christianity and her 
forces have stirred her from her long 
revelry in the past. Are Christian mis- 
sions equal to' the task before them? 
Can they save the ground already gained 
and push to final victories? 

Go with me through the length and 
breadth of the land and see the mighty 
power of missions. See how the mis- 
sionaries, looking forward to the time 
when India would awake from her leth- 
argy, have prepared mightily for the 
conflict. The past century has not only 
been one of conquest, but a century of 
preparation and marshaling of forces ; 
and still realizing the strength of the 
enemy and the greatness of the conflict, 
are straining every sinew to strengthen 
their fortresses, to increase and improve 
their equipment and to .recruit their 

Upwards of 3,800 missionaries, from 
every civilized land, have entered for 

the'conquest of India. Under their care, 
instruction and supervision are 10 per 
cent of all the native pupils attending 
school in India, and 25 per cent of girl 
attendants. Of the 141 colleges in India 
and Ceylon, more than 25 per cent of 
them are mission institutions in which 
are more than 35 per cent of all the col- 
lege students. From mission schools 
come 10 per cent of the high school 
matriculates, 20 per cent of those first in 
arts, 25 per cent of those taking the B. A. 
degree, and 16 per cent of those taking 
the M. A. degree. In 1902 the only three 
ladies who seized the difficult and much 
coveted prize of master of arts from the 
Madras University were. Christians. 

Throughout the land are more than 
1,000 foreign zenana workers, who, to- 
gether with thousands of native Bible 
women, enter the homes of the land, the 
very strongholds of heathendom, and 
there teach the girls and their mothers 
the Way of Life. In Madura alone 
thirty-one Bible women have access to 
1,000 homes, and twenty-one other teach- 
ers instruct daily in five schools 500 
Hindu and Mohammedan girls. The 
110 theological seminaries and normal 
training schools have upwards of 5,000 
young lives in training for the work of 
spreading the Gospel. One hundred and 
forty-three orphanages are taking care of 
the many thousands of famine waifs and 
otherwise homeless children ; fifty-nine 
leper asylums are seeking to alleviate the 
misery of the leper refuse of heathendom. 
One hundred industrial institutions are 
training the Christian community to hab- 
its of industry and honest means of earn- 
ing a living. Thirty-seven presses, one 
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A Monkey God. 

with more than twenty Bible, tract and 
book agencies scatter broadcast millions 
of Bibles and Gospels, papers, tracts and 
books of Christian knowledge. Three 
hundred and twenty-five doctors of medi- 
cine, together with one hundred and 
thirty-nine foreign nurses, attend to the 
aches and pains of thousands upon thou- 
sands and gain access into many a heart 
and home hitherto cl6sed to the Gospel 
Message. Twenty-five thousand native 
Christian agents going here and there 
teaching and preaching, and a Christian 
constituency of upwards of 3,000,000 
souls represent a Christian force the 
magnitude and the extent of whose in- 
fluence are beyond computation. 

All this with a sunk capital of upwards 
of $10,000,000 in well-built schools, col- 
leges, homes and numerous buildings and 
appliances of every description, with an 
annual outlay of several millions and the 
best energies of this large force of work- 
ers, together with a decade increase of 
over 600,000 recruits, compels one to be- 
lieve that the power of Christianity in 
India is not inconsiderable and is having 
a most wonderful influence on the gen- 
eral character of the nation. 

A prominent Hindu judge and reform- 
er says thus : " India is being con- 

verted ; the ideas that lie at the heart of 
the Gospel of Christ are slowly but sure- 
ly permeating every part of Hindu so- 
ciety and modifying every phase of Hin- 
du thought. And this process must go 
on, so long as those who preach this Gos- 
pel seek above all things to commend it 
not so much by what they say, but by 
what they do and the way they live. And 
what is it in the Gospel of Christ that 
commends it so highly to our minds? It 
is just this, that He was ' the Friend of 
sinners.' He would eat and drink with 
publicans and outcasts ; He was tender 
with the woman taken in sin; all His 
heart went out to the sinful and the 
needy, and to my mind there is no story 
so touching and so comforting as the 
Prodigal Son. Christ reserved His 
words of sternest denunciation for hypo- 
crites, . . . The Gospel of the King- 
dom of Christ has come to India, and 
when it is presented in its fulness and 
lived in its purity it will find a sure re- 
sponse among the people of the land. 

. . . It is the leaven that will in 
time leaven the entire mass. The King- 
dom of Christ, I say, is working out" its 
own ends, slowly, silently, and yet se- 

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Arranged by I. S. L. 

HE whole of Asia, 
from one corner to 
another, is in religious 
commotion. The hon- 
or and admiration 
which followers of 
different religions are 
showering on the per- 
sonality of Christ 
prophesies the coming 
conquest and pre- 
dominance of Christian over non-Chris- 
tian thought. The struggle is keen, and 
the battle is hardly contested ! But ' com- 
ing events cast their shadows before.' The 
trend of events is toward the ultimate 
success and supremacy of Christianity 
God fulfills Himself in many ways. 
Christ is at last being enthroned in the 
land of His birth. The progress of 
Christianity may be slow, but what 
grows slowly lasts longer." 

The following are several more ex- 
tracts of like import with the above. 
Addressing the Y. M. C. A., of Bombay, 
the Hon. Sir Chandravarker, atheist and 
foremost reformer, recently said: 

" Let me tell you what I consider the 
greatest miracle of the present day; it 
is this, that to this great country, with 
its 300 millions of people, there should 
come from a little island, unknown by 
name even to our fathers, many thousand 
miles distant from our shores, and with 
a population of but 50 to 60 millions, a 
message so full of spiritual life and 
strength as the Gospel of Christ. This 
surely is a miracle if there ever was one. 
And this message has not only come, but 
it is finding a response in our hearts. It 
is the little leaven that will in time leaven 
the entire mass," etc. 

Raja Ram Mohan Roy, the founder of 
the Brahmo Samaj, said: "This simple 
code of religion and morality is so ad- 
mirably calculated to elevate man's ideas 
to high and liberal notions of the one 
God . . . and is so well fitted to 
regulate the conduct of the human race in 
the discharge of their various duties to 
God, to themselves, and to society. The 
consequence of my long and uninterrupted 
researches into religious truth has been 
that I have found the doctrines of Christ 
more conducive to moral principles and 
better adapted to the use of rational be- 
ings than any other which have come 
to my knowledge." 

Keshub Chandra Sen, a second to Raja 
Ram Mohan Roy, said truly : " None 
but Jesus, none but Jesus, deserves to 
wear the bright and glorious diadem of 
India, and Jesus Christ shall have it." 

All other religions of India are being 
mightily affected by the influence of 
Christianity. " We Brahmos of the New 
Dispensation believe that there can be no 
regeneration without Christ, who is the 
Door of the Kingdom of heaven, and 
that if any one comes not through that 
Door, he has no place in it." 

The Arya Samaj, too, is an effort to 
find monotheism in the Vedas, a forti- 
fying of Hinduism against the mono- 
theism of the Bible. 

The recent revival of Krishnuism be- 
trays the inner yearning of the Hindu 
heart for a personal Redeemer. 

" Movements among Mohammedans 
such as Mirza-Ghulam Ahmad Radiani, 


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' the Messiah of the Twentieth Century,' 
and the Nazarene Sect — a mixture of 
Christianity and Mohammedanism — 
show how Islam is in a transition stage." 
Buddhists also with their arrogant 
claims to the highest of all moral pre- 
cepts are slowly learning of higher and 
nobler teachings in Christianity than 
they ever dreamed of. 

One of the most noted and interesting 
of all forward movements in India is 
that of the Mission to the Depressed 
Classes. These have been classed here- 
tofore as the " untouchables." This mis- 
sion has centers in most of the large 
cities of India, has day and Sunday- 
schools, in the latter of which the Hindu 
Shastras are taught as we teach the Bi- 
ble ; has Bhajan samajes, or Theistic 
congregations, Industrial Institutes, 
seven missionaries, and one magazine. 

The Mangalore school will illustrate 
the zeal of certain caste people in behalf 
of this mission. In the year 1908 seven- 
ty families accepted bags from the 
school. In these bags doles of rice were 
daily collected, morning and evening, by 
caste government officials of high edu- 
cation. In this way these who formerly 
were regarded as too pure even for the 
shadow of the outcastes were found 
carrying loads of rice into a school of un- 

Besides this mission to the untouch- 
ables there are many schools for caste 
orphans in the various parts of India. 
Here near us, at Surat, is one such 
orphan school. To support this work 
several money collectors are continually 
kept at work. One makes two trips 
northward, the other southward, from 
Surat daily on the trains. 

As for methods and kinds of work the 
Hindus imitate Christian effort beauti- 
fully. As above noted, there are day 
and Sunday-schools. There are indus- 
trial shops where all sorts of weaving, 
shoe making, tape making, embroidery, 
carpentry, farming, etc., are taught. 
These schools are spoken of as schools 
of the missions, even as Christians talk. 
There are bazaar preachers even as in 
Christian missions. 

A certain leader of one samaj is reg- 
ularly addressed as " Reverend," as 
Christians usually do. In certain halls, 
too, every Sunday services of song, 
prayer, and exhortation are conducted. 

Student Hindu Associations, in rivalry 
of the Y. M. C. A., have been organized. 
Gita classes (Gita is one of the Shastras) 
have been started after the fashion of 
our Bible classes. Yearly examinations 
in the Shastras are given and prizes of- 
fered in exact imitation of the Indian 
Sunday-school Union. 

Yes, India and all Asia are stirred. 
It seems to me as if rival religions are 
rising for a last struggle against Chris- 
tianity. If the Christian church wills it, 
India may hastily be Christ's kingdom. 
The Bible is the best selling and the 
most read of all Books, in India. It 
was Kipling who wrote, 

" For East is East, and West is West, 
And never the twain shall meet." 

But aside from several thousand of 
believing missionaries there are hosts and 
hosts of Hindus who fear and in their 
hearts believe the other lines : 

' But Christ is Christ and rest is rest; 
And love true love must greet; 
In East and West hearts crave for rest, 

And so the twain shall meet— 
The East still East, the West still West— 
At Love's nail-pierced feet." 


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Alice K. Eby 

HE missionary's wife 
is first of all a wife, so 
her duties are similar 
to those of every 
Christian wife. And 
like every other min- 
ister's wife, she needs 
to be faithful in all 
things. If a mother, 
then she has her du- 
ties to her children, 
which are greatly increased in a foreign 
land. The health of the little ones needs 
to be carefully guarded in tropical cli- 
mates. As the child grows he needs to 
be guarded against the evils so prevalent 
in a heathen land. Often during the 
child's earlier years she must be his 
schoolteacher, for in most mission fields 
there are no English schools. 

Then, too, she is housekeeper, and 
housekeeping in foreign lands, while dif- 
fering from American housekeeping, is 
perhaps no less strenuous or trying. 
True, there is usually a servant or two, 
but because of the lack of modern con- 
veniences, and even the most ordinary 
kitchen appliances, there is more work 
and more time is required to do it. The 
marketing is not done by telephone or 
weekly instalments, but since meat and 
vegetables quickly deteriorate, the cook 
makes a daily trip to the market a mile 
or two. away. Some supplies, such as 
bread, butter and dried fruits, are or- 
dered from some city market and come 
by parcel. So the missionary's wife finds 
it necessary to keep various accounts and 
may sometimes wish she were an expert 
bookkeeper. For with letter-writing and 
some reading she finds her leisure time 
fully taken up. 

But with these homely duties come 
many opportunities to witness for Christ, 
both by word and daily example. Her 
personal contact with those who assist in 
the household duties often tells much for 
the Lord, and often a very close and inti- 
mate friendship springs up .between the 
mistress and her servants. 

The women who come to the door 
with fish, eggs or vegetables, often try 
her soul with their oriental bargaining 
and begging. But by and by these wo- 
men learn that some good spirit makes 
the white lady fair in dealing and ever 
ready to help the poor. Among these be- 
nighted sellers of various things there 
are many opportunities to teach of a 
Father's love and a Savior's pardon for 
even them. In case of sickness among 
the heathen children and mothers she 
may be called to their homes, and by 
ministering to their bodies often a great 
and effectual door is opened to their 
hearts. Then, as time and opportunity 
may afford, she may go from house to 
house to teach the Word, though often 
other duties are so pressing that she can 
do but little of what is ususally termed 
" mission work." 

The missionary's wife is mama to all 
the Christian households, and among the 
women and children of the Christian 
community she usually finds a work that 
is very near her heart. With her hered- 
itary tendency to evil, with the con- 
stant expostulations of her heathen rela- 
tives, with all her past on the side of 
wrong, the native sister is in great need 
of daily help and encouragement and, 
most of all, she needs to be taught how 
to walk in the Law of the Lord. 

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large the work among the sick is no 
small task. She is looked to for medical 
help and all kinds of advice. In sorrow 
she speaks words of comfort, in family 
differences she must be the peacemaker 
and adjuster of affairs, and in neighbor- 
hood quarrels, the counsellor and spirit- 
ual adviser among the women. Often an 
afternoon each week is devoted to sew- 
ing, as few of these women have learned 
to sew in vouth. 

Notwithstanding the trials, the work 
of the missionary's wife is not in vain in 
the Lord. She lacks wisdom and 
strength, but the Lord gives to them that 
ask. May constant and prevailing pray- 
er be offered for her so that in the great 
Harvest Day we may be gathered in the 
Father's house with sheaves garnered in 
from the seed sown by all waters. 

KaradoJi, via Dahanu, India. 


Eliza B. Miller 

RIEF stricken women 
in their wailing, the 
company of widows 
along the street, beat- 
ing their breasts, the 
funeral train of white- 
robed priests and 
mourners making 
their way to the 
" Towers of Silence," 
the rapid march of 
half-naked men crying, "Ram Ram, Ram 
Ram " and carrying the bier to the burn- 
ing ghat, remind us that here we have 
"" no continuing city." 

In a little hut across the way lives the 
sweeper — the lowest man in the social 
scale. Death has come to his humble 
home and taken a robust young girl. 
Sudden, too, for but a few days before 
she was about her work. Strange, too, 
for no one seemed to know what took 
her. It did not matter, for no one 
seemed to care for her. Parentless she 
was and her husband had put her away. 
Yes, only a sweeper girl, but within her 
an immortal spirit. 

Down in the bazar two men were at 
their work yesterday — one the leading 

cloth-merchant, the other a prominent 
hardware dealer. Yesterday both were 
dealing out goods to their customers; 
this morning they are cold in death and 
carried out to the river-side. Rich, re- 
spected, loved ; but plague claimed them 
without a moment's warning. Their 
families thrown into grief and their 
friends into mourning can sadly find 
comfort in the cold doctrine that " from 
the beginning it was so intended to be." 
What little joy in thinking of their loved 
ones passing from one birth to another, 
one stage of existence to another, over 
the long road to " Nirvana," — the high- 
est state of future bliss to the Hindu. 
Truly speaking, it is annihilation. 

Near our home, in the home of a poor 
shepherd, an only son stricken with' 
smallpox. " Oh, my son, my son ! What 
will I do without him? Who will keep 
the sheep with me now? Who will run 
errands for me ? Who will play with his 
sister? What will become of his little 
wife? Who will care for me when I am 
old?" are the cries of the mother when 
the news of his death is brought to her. 
How she weeps, and how sorry we feel 
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Inside of a " Tower of Silence. 

comfort with which Christian mothers 
lay away their children and that they are 
" safe in the arms of Jesus ;" but she 
understands no such comfort, and so she 
goes on weeping and beating her breast. 
She is among those who live without 
hope, and how sad the life ! 

Mr. Edulji was an old storekeeper. 
Early and late, in heat and in cold, he 
was at his post dealing out his general 
merchandise. Happy, cheerful he was. 
Exceedingly religious he was, too, for 
he performed his prayers many times 
while waiting on his customers. But one 
day, without warning, he fell — sunk to 
the floor and was no more. Carriers of 
the dead bore him to the " Towers of Si- 
lence " and the vultures tore his body to 
pieces. A family was left to mourn, but 
they too mourn " without hope." 

A young man, just out of high school, 
the support of his old father who had 
spent much in his education, held a posi- 

tion in railway employ at Amalsad, the 
third station from Bulsar. He went and 
came by train, morning and evening, so 
that he might be with his parents. One 
morning he missed the passenger and so 
boarded a goods-train. It did not stop 
at Amalsad. He attempted to jump off 
while it was in motion and in so doing 
caught his clothes, throwing him under 
the train. Instant death was the result. 
Unfathomable grief came to the old pa- 
rents and to this day they mourn his 

And these all died without a Savior; 
these all left loved ones whom we could 
not comfort with the hopes of the Chris- 
tian. How our hearts are often sad- 
dened when we see our non-Christian 
friends die and their relatives mourn be- 
cause they understand not the promises 
of " Blessed are the dead that die in the 
Lord," or " Blessed are they that mourn 
for they shall be comforted." 


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Nora Lichty 

HEN we speak of a 

farmer's wife, we at 
once think of the good 
woman who lives on 
the farm in our own 
country, and who has 
many of the conven- 
iences of the day with 
which to perform her 
work. But when we 
speak of the Indian 
farmer's wife, we must have a different 
picture before us. The farmer's wife of 
this country knows nothing of the latest 
conveniences, but she does her work with 
the same kind of utensils, in just the 
same way that her grandmothers have 
been doing for hundreds of years. Her 
routine of work seems to be about the 
same as it always has been ; she grinds, 
cooks, carries water, helps in the field, 
renews her floors, and rears a family. 
Sewing does not come in, for her cloth- 
ing requires little sewing and she has 
never been: taught. 

The grinding is done on the old-fash- 
ioned mill made of two flat stones. 
Often in the morning, as early as four, 
the sound of the mill is heard. They 
usually grind daily, for they have no 
cupboards or places to keep extra flour. 
A small hole is dug in one corner of the 
house, and over it is an earthen fireplace 
to hold the cooking vessel. This is called 
a chula, and if the family is large there 
are two chulas. Near by the chula is 
the salt vessel, red peppers, other spices 
used in cooking, and ghee (clarified but- 
ter) vessel. The good wife is able to sit 
on the floor while cooking and reach all 
that is needed. Very few people can 
afford a well, so, generally, there is one 
in common to the whole village. Earthen 
vessels carried on the heads are means 
by which the water is brought to the 

house. This is done twice a day. Only 
at busy seasons, such as weeding time, 
harvest, and grass cutting, does the 
woman go to the field to work regularlv. 
When .such work is to be done, she cooks 
the noon's meal in the morning and takes 
it along to the field. The children go 
along, too, and play under some shade 
tree while the mother works. A cloth 
is sometimes tied to a tree, in cradle 
fashion, and in this the little ones have 
their day's nap. The floors of her house 
are earthen and every week or two she 
renews them with a plaster of cow dung, 
clay and water. This makes a floor free 
from so much dust and free from smell, 
and the plaster is a good disinfectant. 

In physique, the women are usually 
strong and full-chested, and have mus- 
cular arms and limbs. They are well 
fitted for the life they live. Their dress 
is similar to all Indian women's dress, 
but perhaps the cloth is of a coarser tex- 

Thus, dear reader, you have a slight 
picture of the Indian farmer's wife, an 1 
it is these women for whom we are 
working. In a way she is much freer 
in her life than many of her Indian sis- 
ters, but she does not have the joy thrl 
Christ can give. 

These women are molding the char- 
acter of young India, and who can tell 
what the results would be if all these 
mothers were God fearing mothers ? We 
are thankful that a few have learned to 
love God, and now they are training their 
children in the way of the Lord. We 
would not have them change their ways 
<>f work or their modes of cooking or 
their dress, but that they may be changed 
in heart, soul, and mind is our earnest 
desire and prayer, and to that end we 

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The Anklesvar Mission House. 


Anna Z. Blough 


is the work of a mis- 
sionary? Should I 
ask you that question 
you would likely say, 
" Preaching the Gos- 
pel." Those of you 
who are giving money 
for the support of a 
missionary are doing 
it that he may preach 
the Gospel to the heathen in darkness. 
Now are we all doing this ? Or are we 
perhaps not fulfilling the mission to 
which you sent us? 

Some of our missionaries do go out 
from village to village and preach the 
Gospel of glad tidings direct to the peo- 
ple. Some hear, believe and are bap- 
tized. This brings great joy to the be- 
liever and to the preacher as well. This 
is the kind of work we had expected to 
do when we came to India. But some 
of us have enjoyed little of this privilege 
of preaching to those who know not the 
Savior, but it has been our duty to teach 
those who have already been baptized 
and are in the fold. This is no less a 
privilege, however. 

When you read Paul's letters to the 
churches you notice he gives much in- 
struction as to how Christians should 
walk, not in darkness as the heathen do, 
but in the light. All the sins which Paul 
mentions in Gal. 5 : 19-22, as well as 
others, are very common in a heathen 
land, and so the missionary must con- 
stantly warn against these sins, and teach 
and help the Christians who have so 
lately come from such influences. They 
must have constant help that they may 
grow spiritually for all around them 
there is a pit of darkness. 

But it is not only spiritual help they 
need, but temporal as well. In a Chris- 
tian land there are many warm hearts 
and many doors open to help the one in 
need, but in a heathen land practically 
all doors are shut to a Christian, for his 
neighbors despise him. This makes all 
who become Christians very much de- 
pendent upon us for temporal help, too. 
Sometimes we censure them for coming 
to us for help in ways that they ought 
not ; then they say to us, " You are the 
only parents we have. To whom else 
can we go?" So we must indeed be 
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them. As Jesus came into the world not 
to be ministered unto but to minister, so 
we have come to India to minister, and 
ministers we are indeed. 

In sickness they call us, not only to 
pray for them and to give words of com- 
fort and cheer, but for medicine; and if 
we cannot give that, then advice in go- 
ing to a doctor or hospital, and usually 
we must plan everything for them just 
as we would for one of our own children, 
and often we must go with them. 

They also come to us to have their 
family quarrels settled, and quarrels with 
their neighbors. One day a woman kindly 
carried a load home from the bazaar for 
another woman's husband; then there 
was a ripple in the waters. Another 
woman writes in a letter that the hus- 
band is about to run off and she is in 
trouble and has nothing to eat and wants 
work. One day the missionary walked 
into the Christian village to find two 
men in a quarrel about a chicken which 
one had accidentally killed. The owner 
demanded that same chicken alive or its 
sister, and would not be satisfied. 

A short time ago we all assembled for 
our Wednesday evening prayermeeting. 
While kneeling in prayer we heard 
shrieks for help on the back veranda. 
We ran quickly, thinking some one must 

have fallen into the well, or else was be- 
ing badly hurt. We found a man beat- 
ing his wife severely with his two fists. 
She was frightened and he raving in 
anger. Just before she had told another 
woman while filling water at the well 
that she was going to run off, and this is 
her punishment. The best way to make 
peace was to give him a beating, too. 
Now they love each other more and re- 
spect us more, too. We returned and 
finished our prayermeeting. 

So with their work and finance. How 
to make a living, secure a position, pay 
debts (and we must continually urge 
some to pay their debts), educate the 
children and marry them — with all such 
questions they come to us for advice, and 
really we are glad they do, for we ought 
to be able to help them more than others. 
If they just always heeded our advice, 
but we must give it over and over again. 
So with teaching and advising, visiting 
and doctoring, marrying and burying, 
rebuking and guarding against sin and 
heathen customs, making peace, etc., our 
time goes and sometimes we wonder 
what we have really done. But our 
pleasure comes in seeing some at least 
growing in grace, desiring less the 
things of the world and choosing more 
the things of God. O Lord, make us 
more of a blessing to them ! 

Teachers' House at Bulsar. To Be Replaced by a New Building 1 in 1911. 


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Steven Berkebile 

NE main thing- that 
makes Christian work 
among the heathen 
or non-Christian na- 
tions of special inter- 
est to the individual 
or church at home, is 
its definiteness. 

Our efforts may be 
definite or indefinite, 
just as we choose. 
The person that starts out on life's 
journey with a definite purpose has the 
same advantage over the one with an in- 
definite purpose, or no purpose at all, 
that the ship that starts out on the ocean 
for a given port has over the tramp 
steamer — going, but where? 

And so the person that gives for the 
Master's cause, without some definite 
work that he supports, is liable to lapse 
into the feeling illustrated by the tramp 
ship — giving, but where does it go? and 
what good does it do? 

Here the personal representative steps 
in and by letter to the ones at home tells 
them just what their money is doing and 
where it is going. The giver at home 
says, " If my $10 does that much good 
I will double it." 

It is just like two hunters. One goes 
out and without seeing any squirrels 
shoots up into a tree because he hears a 
squirrel bark, or some one may have told 
him that the tree is full of squirrels. The 
other looks for the squirrel, or has some 
one point it out to him, and then shoots 

at it, and usually gets it. Which hunter 
will be encouraged most to double his 
efforts ? 

The personal representative writes 
home and says, " We need some land to 
train our boys for farmers. Six hundred 
dollars will buy eighty acres of as fine 
land as can be found anywhere. It is 
just next to our Christian village, and 
besides meeting our present needs, which 
are the Lord's needs, it will give us con- 
trol of the moral surroundings." Here 
is an opportunity for definite work — def- 
inite giving. Again he writes, " I have 
a good, native preacher and teacher; $6 
per month will support him. He will 
teach a school, conduct a Sunday-school 
and live and preach Christ to the heath- 

Brother, sister, here is a chance. Don't 
miss it! 

After speaking of this at a Sunday- 
school convention a brother said to the 
writer at the close of the session, " I like 
the idea of giving for a definite work; 
it will arouse greater interest on the part 
of the class or school supporting it, and 
an occasional letter to the supporters will 
be a great help." There may be others 
who want to do this ; write to the editor 
of the Missionary Visitor and learn 

Your personal representative writes 
home and tells of sickness, trials and per- 
plexing problems, and you can pray def- 
initely for him. He or she may write 
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light, or special reasons for rejoicing 
and praise, and you are brought before 
your God in a season of prayer and 

While in India a dear brother and 
elder once wrote to us, " Tell us of your 
problems and needs, that we may aid 
you definitely with our prayers." 

What opportunities and blessings may 
be ours ! 

It increases giving for the home work. 

In 1901 the District that is now sup- 
porting us raised $600 for home work. 
In 1902 and '03, while special efforts 
were being put forth to secure means and 
workers for the foreign field, it was 
$700, and in 1904, the year we sailed, 
$1,000 was raised for home work. 

Besides this, an Old Folks' Home was 
built and maintained. This year $1,500 
for District work has been asked for and 
means raised for an orphan agency. I 

noticed with joy the report of the South- 
ern Ohio work. 

During the last six years the extra bur- 
den of a personal representative on the 
foreign field did not cripple the home 
work, but on the contrary the donations 
increased, an (Did Folks' Home has been 
built and is maintained at considerable 
cost, and now the second missionary's 
support is being raised. 

Who will say that their having a per- 
sonal representative on the foreign field 
has not helped to bring about this 
growth in both home and foreign work? 
There are many more examples, but these 
will suffice. 

A brother or sister may give $1,500 
endowment for mission work, and the $80 
interest will put a native man in the field, 
preaching Christ to your credit, until He 
comes again for His own. WILL YOU? 

Delta, Ohio. 


Effie V. Long 

UT why do I write 
on a subject that is 
treated so often in all 
kinds of mission jour- 
nals? It is simply 
this, that it is a sub- 
ject you cannot know 
too much about, and 
one that needs your 
sympathy and your 
I suppose no other country has as 
many widows as India, and their condi- 
tion is the saddest and their need for 
sympathy and help the greatest of any 
people among the children of men. Of 
course not all have a sad lot, but so many 
do have that we need not feel our pray- 
ers and sympathy for them will be 

And the reason there are so many wid- 
ows in India is that in many castes a 
woman may not remarry, while men may, 
and so often little girls are given in mar- 
riage to old men ; for, when the wives of 
such men die, they have no option but fb 
marry girls, as widows cannot remarry 
and girls must be married at ten or a few 
years later. " Sometimes a wife is only 
five and the husband fifty or sixty." 
Parents, for the love of money, will sac- 
rifice the life of a little daughter to an 
old man with one foot already in the 
grave, and scarcely before the wedding 
garlands have faded, the man's life is 
ended, and the child, scarcely out of baby- 
hood, is declared a widow ! More, she is 
reproached as the cause of the death of 
the old man, and many sarcastic looks and 
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old her head is shaved bald, her jewelry 
is taken and she has only plain food and 
clothing. Is it any wonder that many of 
them take their own lives to escape 
this living death ? 

Alas ! This is the condition of many 
widows. We know them by their dress, 
but seldom do we get into their inner 
lives All this is strictly kept from out- 
side ears. 

Our Gujerati teacher has a sister who 
was left a widow at seven, and she is now 
thirty years old. We often visit in their 
home, and of all the sad, blank, lustreless 
faces, this is one. They are kind, tender- 
hearted people, but seldom can we get 
them to speak of her and seldom do we 
see her. I do not think they are cruel to 
her, but how different she appears from 
her brothers and sisters, happy with their 
companions and children about them ! I 
verily believe that they and she feel that 
she has been the cause of her husband's 
death, and so she must drag out her mis- 
erable existence. Poor girl ! How I 
have longed to help her or cheer her life, 
but there is no way of approach. 

At Pimpalner, daily, one may see a 
dozen women at a time, by the river-side 
washing the clothing of the household or 
scouring the brass vessels, and the ma- 
jority of these are widows. They are 
set to do the hard work and they rub and 
scrub till the vessels shine like the sun. 
Perhaps because of living in the jungle 
they are less careful to keep themselves 
covered, and many times in passing we 
get a glimpse of the shaven head or 
bare body as the coarse sadi falls back. 

But one sad sight is a little girl of 
seven, daughter of a good friend of ours. 
She was married at great expense and 
given jewels on arms and legs, but alas ! 
Some cruel disease soon took the little 
boy away and now she is a widow ! They 
did not shave her head, but her nice 
jewelry was taken from her when she 
did not even know what it meant! 

When we had been in India only a 
year or two we witnessed a sight which 

we could never forget. A young man 
had died of plague, as I remember, and 
left his wife a widow at perhaps eight- 
een years. First, the body was burned 
by the river-side, and then at once the 
relatives and friends came, half-leading, 
half-dragging, the poor widow to the 
side of the pond where we stood. She 
was weeping and wailing, but they, per- 
forming their solemn duty, as they 
thought, roughly and quickly tore off 
every bangle from her arms and threw 
them into the water. Some were of met- 
al and were wrenched and twisted, no 
doubt giving her great pain, but the 
heart -pain must have been much greater. 
No comfort, no consolation, no sympathy 
for the poor widow, but only cruel 
thrusts and heart-stabs, as the dictates 
of caste must be carried out to the letter. 

I have talked with many middle-aged, 
high-caste widows. When I tell them 
our way of treating widows, our way of 
helping the sorrowful and unfortunate — 
the Christian way — often they shake their 
heads and say, with sad countenance : 
" Yes, yes, that is good, but it is not our 
way ; it is not for us. It will do for you 
people. But we must obey caste. Per- 
haps in another birth we may not be so 
sorrowful if we try to live right now." 

Poor women ! They are ignorant and 
cannot understand why the difference. 
But it is so and they have no thought of 
ever being free from this disgrace and 
shame " which they have brought upon 

Dear reader, I have not told you half. 
I have only begun on the subject, but 
will you not pray daily for the poor wid- 
ows of India, that the Lord may open 
their eyes to see what He has for them — 
the way out of bondage into eternal free- 
dom in Christ Jesus? They must be 
taught, then they must in some way be 
made willing to risk all for soul-free- 
dom. They are so hard to reach. Are 
you willing to pray, are you willing to 
labor for them? Do it, for Jesus' sake. 


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Ida Himmelsbaugh 

T was Friday, Dec. 10, 
1908, that we arrived 
at our first ( home in 
India. On Saturday 
our baggage arrived 
and so did our teacher, 
a Jain by caste. It was 
amusing to us to see 
how awkwardly he 
tried to imitate En- 
glish ways. He shook 
hands when he came, then sat down and 
talked a while, and assured us that he 
could have us talking in six months. We 
were new and of course believed it. 
However, at the close of six months we 
found we had a harder task before us 
than we had thought. When he left he 
said " Good-bye " about four times, as 
I remember, shaking hands each time. 
He was good-natured as could be, but 
when we suggested some Bible reading 
he asked if we did not have the English 
translation, which was a polite way of 
saying that he did not want to read the 
Bible with us. 

At the close of six months we were 
transferred to Bulsar. There we got an- 
other teacher, a Brahman by caste, and 
very haughty and proud. He was not a 
very good teacher, but more of a critic, 
and criticised our pronunciation severely, 
which was very good for our study but 
not so pleasant for our feelings. He took 
every opportunity possible to inform us 
how unwelcome the Christian religion 
is to them. One day while talking with 
him about improvements he said how 
much better off India would be with all 
the modern improvements. I said to 
him, " Yes, you want everything civil- 
ization brings to a country but you do 
not want the great, true God who is the 

Giver of it all." I said to him, " Can a 
foreigner go to your temple and wor- 
ship ? " He said, " No, a foreigner can- 
not even enter our temples." I said the 
salvation given by our Savior is as free 
as water and whosoever will may come 
and drink of it freely. He said, " But 
you have idols in your churches." I said, 
" No." And as we had a series of meet- 
ings in progress I said, " Won't you 
come along over to the church? The 
other folks have just gone." He said 
" Yes." So I accompanied him. He lis- 
tened throughout the service. And after- 
wards I found him in a sideroom looking 
under the seats for a hidden idol. He 
could not believe his own eyes. 

Now it was drawing near to examina- 
tion time and Sister Ziegler had a good 
teacher at Jalalpor, so I went there for a 
month to get better teaching and more 
time for study, as the medical work was 
getting rather heavy. In December we 
took our examination and passed into 
the second year's work. January first I 
was transferred to Ankleshvar and there 
had a young Brahman for a teacher who 
had a good will, a good stock of patience, 
a very little English, but a great desire 
for more. He had a good knowledge of 
Gujarati, but had no more idea of how 
to teach it than a child. So I tried to do 
the best I could and worked hard and 
made a little progress. 

April first I was transferred to Jalal- 
por, for Sister Ziegler was there alone. 
Here I got my first good teacher, and 
what a real pleasure it was to study ! He 
had a good knowledge of English, could 
explain most of the grammar, and his 
greatest delight was to write or copy En- 
glish stories and have me translate them 
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and pleased him. I soon learned that 
trying even the most difficult translations 
pleased him and spurred him on to push 
all the more. So I attempted every 
translation he gave me and sometimes 
spent as much as six hours on a few 
hundred words ; and to do this took me 
frequently into the small hours of the 
night. But he soon gave me translations 
which did not seem so hard. This man, 
too, was a very high caste Brahman with 
a good store of common sense. He 
knows and acknowledges that their cus- 
toms and idols are no benefit to them and 
says, " What can we -do ? It is our fate." 
I told him one day that our fate is sim- 
ply what we made it. He said " Per- 
haps." It does not seem possible that a 
sound-minded man could sit down and 
be satisfied with such conditions, and I 
do not believe they are. Underneath it 
all is a real longing for a God that can 

Our teacher is transferred and we have 

not secured another, but our study goes 
on, and we hope before our new sister 
arrives to have passed our second year's 
examination and be ready for real serv- 
ice. Hitherto it has been a division be- 
tween medical work and language study, 
and it has been a bit hard and discourag- 
ing, but we have toiled on in the strength 
of the Lord for whom we are working. 
And as we go forward we rejoice more 
and more in the prospect of soon being 
able to go out into the jungles to teach 
the people of Jesus. Oh, I wish pen 
could picture the true condition of this 
beautiful, sinful land ! Suffice it to say 
that she needs the true Savior oh, so 
much. Pray for the people that their 
hearts may be opened to receive this all- 
loving, all-saving Savior. " God so loved 
the world that He gave His only begot- 
ten Son, that whosoever believeth in 
Him should have eternal life." Brothers 
and sisters, this means India. Keep her 
before the throne of grace in prayer. 


J. M. Pittenger 

Y days when the sub- 
ject which heads this 
paper was in every 
sense a paradox to me 
are not far in the past. 
My conceptions, then, 
of a missionary as to 
his thoughts, his aims, 
his labors, his all, 
were that he did not, 
could not have any 

Just what made him such a person or 
how he came to be without temptations, 
I never thought it worth the while to 

work out by mental process. It was an 
axiomatic truth to me. I questioned it 
from no standpoint whatsoever. 

Perhaps those who chance to read this 
may call this a foolish theory. It was not 
a theory to me, but a truth just as real 
as the one that God has created all 
things. Somehow and somewhere this 
truth that a missionary has no tempta- 
tions came into my consciousness. It 
was a very helpful and inspiring thought 
to me. No doubt my reading about 
Paul and his marvelous faith and victor- 
ies in the Lord, about Judson, Carey, 
Paton, Lull and a host of others helped 

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me to this concept. Fierce conflicts met 
them at every turn. What would have 
been fiery trials and temptations to me, 
to them seemed like every-day joyful 
tasks gladly met and discharged to the 
glory of Him whom they served so well 
and to the constant increasing of their 
faith and peace. 

Our conceptions of a fact do not al- 
ways prove to be full and true ones as we 
afterwards learn by experience. They 
often prove to be much or quite at vari- 
ence with the fact. This has been the 
case in regard to my conceptions of the 
perfection of a missionary. In them, I 
failed to think or remember that how- 
ever lofty they might be as to the worth 
and character of the missionary, he is 
still human and hence subject to temp- 

Now that I never tried to get others to 
believe as I did about missionaries hav- 
ing no temptations before I became one 
myself, or tried to test or prove the fal- 
sity or truth of my conceptions on any 
one but myself, I trust, dear reader, you 
will call me neither a theorist nor a 
crank, but listen patiently to my experi- 
ences as herein related, and also know 
that as the fuller and true conceptions 
have come to me, my former conceptions 
have in nowise done me harm or lessened 
my desires to reach that blessed state 
where temptations do not come. 

Yes, the missionary docs have temp- 
tations. Many are they in number, and 
they are not one whit less trying or sub- 
tle than those which come to any other 
child of God. 

That simple but soul-testing call, " Go 
ye into all the world and preach my 
Gospel " is the clarion call to every one 
who becomes a missionary. It is as clear 
as the fact that He who made it lives to 
make intercession for us. Every one 
who hears this call recognizes it as one 
to the noblest and most blessed service 
under the world's greatest Leader and 
truest Friend. But, " don't hear now" 
" don't hear at all " are the tempting 

suggestions and counter commands of 
the wily tempter. He who hears these 
never becomes a missionary and hence 
never experiences any of the temptations 
that come later to him who docs hear the 

Once the resolve is made to " go " as 
his Lord has commanded, the mission- 
ary's next and, perhaps, most trying 
temptation is that of not giving up ab- 
solutely all former ambitions and 
hopes that were counter to his Lord's 
command ; and, with these, separating 
from beloved parents, brothers, sisters 
and friends. Truly this is a crucial test, 
but Jesus helps to overcome in this as 
He overcame in each and every tempta- 

Separated from home and homeland 
and all that with them is hallowed, the 
temptation to turn back to them docs 
come at times. He, of course, would not 
use or enjoy them again as he had be- 
fore. They would serve a loftier pur- 
pose, not only in his own life but also in 
the life of others as his life would in- 
fluence them. This temptation, if yield- 
ed to, is so counter to the missionary's 
purpose that he dismisses it at once. 

Closely associated with this, comes an- 
other suggestion, which of course is 
meant as a pleasure, from the tempter. It 
is this : " You have heard the command to 
go; what more is there to do?" Tell this 
vile tempter that no work has yet been 
done. A T o preaching, no baptizing in 
the names of the blessed Trinity yet ac- 
complished. Hearing the command to 
" go " only sets the force or forces in 
motion. " Very well," says the monster 
again, " I quite agree with you. You are 
altogether correct in your view. I ad- 
mire your courage and unflinching reso- 
lution to carry out your Lord's com- 
mand." At the same time he " laughs 
loudly up his sleeve " and comments to 
himself that this soldier of the Lord will 
find ignorant, inattentive, unsympathetic 
hearers ; hearers who have other and bet- 
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Now the battle is on, the work has be- 
gun in deadly earnest, the missionary is 
in the forefront for the cause of right. 
He is fresh in the contest, his hopes are 
unwavering for days and months as the 
struggle wears on. Today there is a 
mighty advance by the host contending 
for the right. In this he is a captain or 
maybe only a soldier, an ordinary soldier. 
Tomorrow the hosts of wrong force a 
slight retreat, it may be. Day by day 
there is a surging to and fro of the con- 
tending hosts. Every advance fills his 
heart with supreme joy and higher 
hopes. Each succeeding retreat causes 
increasing distress. The host of the 
wrong seems vastly more in numbers 

and power than he had ever conceived. 
Dark clouds of defeat hover awfully 
near. Dimly, very faintly, now in the 
far distance hover the clouds of victory 
and glory of his Lord. 

" Fear not for I am with thee" is the 
voice, the gentle, assuring voice that 
falls on his ears, wafted there from the 
clouds in the hazy distance. Hear the 
voice of gratitude of the fainting and, 
for the moment, disheartened soldier, 
" Dear Lord, I thank Thee for this as- 
surance and victory." And his Lord re- 
plies, " There are still more to win." 

Ahiva, via Bilimora, India, Oct. j, 


Mary N. Quinter 

RE you going back? " 
" Do you want to go 
back?" " Surely, you 
would not think of 
going back, would 
you?" We who come 
to the homeland meet 
this question in one 
form or another every 
where we go. And 
what is the answer? 
Only this, that surely we do not think 
of anything else. No thought of coming 
home to stay found a place in any of our 
hearts. To gain strength, physical and 
spiritual,- to go back for more and better 
service — this is one motive that brought 
us to the homeland, and another, which 
we do not count as less, but rather more 
important, it is to find helpers, to bring 

to the home churches such a story of the 
joys and blessings of the service and of 
the life that many more may be willing 
to enlist as workers. The last message 
that was given to me with the " good- 
byes " of our India brethren and sisters 
was, " Come back quickly, . and bring 
more people with you." The echo of 
these words is constantly in my heart as 
I meet and mingle with the home friends 
and enjoy the association and fellowship 
of the home churches. 

Why not go? Not, Why go? but Why 
not go back? This is our question, and 
it has but one answer. We love India 
and her people and our homes are now 
there and not here. India is a part of 
our Father's world, that world which He 
" so loved that He gave His only begot- 
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which our Master had in His thought 
when He said, "Go ye into all the 
world." We who have had a vision of 
that world over there — yea, we who have 
seen the need and have also seen some- 
thing of what our Christ and His Gospel 
can do for it — can we do anything else 
but go back and take the message that 
holds life and life abundant for the peo- 
ple who know not what real living is? 
We love India ; the love of our hearts 
is there. We would change one word of 
Ruth's answer to Naomi, " Thy people 
shall be my people, and my God shall be 
thy God." The best answer I know to 
the question, " Why go back? " was giv- 
en by an old missionary. Worn and 
broken by many years of service, he came 
for a short stay at home and was met by 
the common question and he said, " Will 
a mother go back to her baby? " What 
more can be said? What more need be 

In my India home I have often gone 
in the evening time into one of our 
Christian homes. Three little ones bless 
this home — a little girl of six summers, 
a boy of four, and a baby boy of a year 
and a half. As I sit with them on the 
floor and talk of the day's story, of the 
day's happenings, the little boy and girl 
come and sit in my lap., The bread for 
the evening meal has just been baked 
over the little open fire, and some pieces 
have been broken and given to the chil- 
dren. They put up their hands to share 
it with me ; the baby comes toddling up 
and his arms are about my neck, and he, 
too, wants me to take a piece of his 
bread. Little brown hands they are, all 
of them, but what matter? When there 
is love in the heart what should it mat- 
ter? and these little ones have hearts that 
can love as dearly as your own little ones 
with their white hands and faces. For 
the love of these little ones, and for the 
sake of the little ones who look up into 
the faces of the mothers who do not 
know the story of the Babe of Bethle- 
hem, and of whom the Christ said, " Suf- 

fer the little ones to come unto me " — for 
these we want to go back to the land of 
our love, the land that has become home 
to our hearts. 

One word more. The word that came 
to me was not only, " Come back," but 
" Bring more people with you." Are 
there not some who would like to go? 
The blessing and the joy of the service 
wait for him who will take them. Some 
have said to me, " It is very nice that 
you love India and your work there. 
Those who like it are the ones to go." 
Will you tell me what reasonable reason 
there is why you should not like it also? 
What is there in the " Go ye " that 
makes it any more necessary for us who 
have gone to be in India or in China 
than for you to be there? Do you say, 
" Oh, I never could do the work. I have 
not the equipment and training"? Truly, 
trained workers are needed, but before 
you decide finally that 3'ou can not go 
for this reason, go and read the story of 
the feeding of the multitude, and remem- 
ber that if you are willing to give your 
five loaves and two fishes into your Mas- 
ter's hands, He can feed the thousands 
who are hungry and fainting by the way. 

" Only five barley loaves! 
Only two fishes small! 
And shall I offer these poor gifts 
To Him whose mighty word 
Can still the angry sea, 
Can cleanse the lepers, raise the dead? 

"He hath no need of me? 
Yes, He hath need of thee; 
Then bring thy loaves of bread; 
Behold with them when Jesus speaks, 
The multitudes are fed; 
And when thine eyes shall see 

" The highly ransomed throng, 
In heavenly fields by living streams, 
By Jesus led along; 
Unspeakable thy joy shall be 
And glorious thy reward, 
If by thy barley loaves, one soul 
Has been brought home to God." 

Some have said, " There is not enough 
money in it. I can not afford it." You 
may find some thing to do that will bring 
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finished your work how many of those 
dollars can you take with you ? Not one. 
True it is that if you are wise, you may 
send some of them ahead of you, and 
you may find your mansion in the New 
Jerusalem furnished with the treasures 
thus sent. But all you can give is not 
worth as much as your own self, and 
your Lord wants you more than your 

Some say, " I could never leave my 
home and my dear ones there." Do you 
think that others do not love their 
friends ? " Inasmuch as ye have done it 
unto one of the least of these ye have 
done it unto Me." "He that loveth 
father or mother more than Me is not 
worthy of Me." If you go you will find, 
as we have found, that the time for tears 
is not when you leave America but 
when you must leave the little group 
waiting to say good-bye in India or in 

See another picture. A great precipice 
stretches awav as far as you can see and 

farther. At its foot is a dark water 
whose depths have never yet been sound- 
ed. Toward this precipice from far and 
near a multitude is coming, pressing for- 
ward as if impelled by an irresistible 
force. They do not see and they do not 
know of the danger, and reaching the 
brink, they fall. At long irregular inter- 
vals there are watchmen to warn those 
who come. But in the long stretches be- 
tween there is no one to show the safe 
path, a path around the precipice, a path 
made first by pierced feet and marked by 
blood drops all the way. Who will stand 
in the spaces between? You know the 
way. You can show the path. Will you 
go ? It is only to tell what you know, to 
show to other eyes the vision of Life that 
your eyes have seen. It is to give the 
Gospel of love and hope to hopeless 
hearts. It is to put your life where its 
force and its influence are most needed 
and where it will count for most. 

" Come back quickly and bring more 
people with you." Who is ready to go? 


Adam Ebey 

NDIA has many inter- 
esting trees, shrubs 
and grasses. Let us 
notice a few of those 
called sacred. 

The Banyan, or In- 
dian Fig, is one of the 
most remarkable. A 
branch or twig stuck 
in the ground in the 
rainy season is almost 
sure to grow. From the branches roots 
go down and fasten to the ground. 
These become new stems. One tree had 
three hundred and fifty large stems and 

three thousand smaller ones. A tree 
sometimes spreads over several acres. 
Monkeys, birds and bats eat the fruit. 
The wood is worthless. The tree is sa- 
cred to Time and to Vishnu. Frequently 
the jungle people put their idols under 
banyans which become their temples. 

The Pipal, or Sacred Fig, resembles 
the banyan. It is planted near temples 
and is also called the Pagoda or Temple 
Tree. Vishnu's devotees like to rest in 
its shade. They say that the essence of 
Brahma is in the tree. The tree is in- 
vested with the sacred thread, and like 
the Brahmin, becomes twice-born. The 


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tree is usually married to the Nim or 
Banana. Superstitious people say that 
the rustling- of its leaves is the sighing of 
spirits. Buddhists call it the Bo Tree. 

The Bel, or Wood-apple, with its triple 
leaf, is sacred to Shiva or Mahadev. Its 
leaves are placed on the linga and on 
Mahadev's bull. There is a Bel near our 
bungalow. For the temple across the 
river Brahmins send their servants to 
get leaves. 

Leaves of the Nim are hung across 
doorways and roads to protect from de- 
mons. The Custard-apple is sacred to 
Sita, Rama's wife, and the Rose-apple is 
sacred to Rama himself. The pretty 
Ashoak furnishes leaves for festal oc- 
casions. They are a sign of good luck. 
The Shami, a kind of Acacia, is a deity 
supposed to contain fire. 

Perhaps the most sacred of all Indian 
trees is the Tulsi. It is but a shrub, is 
sacred to Vishnu, and belongs to the 
Holy Basil family. Daily prayers are 
offered to it in many Hindu homes. It is 
usually planted on an altar-like elevation 
with a path around it for the use of the 
women worshipers, for Tulsi is preemi- 
nently a woman's deity. In November 
there is a festival in its honor, when the 
tree is married to Krishna. The ground 
near the tree is daily plastered and in the 
evening a light is placed near by. Dur- 
ing the hottest weather a vessel of water 
is placed above, which keeps it moist and 
green. The discarded old idol is cast in- 
to the river. So is the dead tulsi. There 
is much virtue in planting and keeping 

this tree and a great sin to cut it down. 

A sprig of tulsi is placed near the head 
of a dying man to make his entry into 
heaven sure. Sometimes a bit of the 
root is put in the dying Brahmin's mouth. 
Leaves are put on his face, ears, eyes and 
chest, and he is sprinkled with tulsi wat- 
er, while his friends shout, " Tulsi ! " 

A look at this tree insures pardon for 
all sins. To bow to it is to be cured of 
disease. A loyal worshiper of Vishnu 
would hardly think of keeping house 
without his tulsi. 

There are two kinds of grass much 
used by Brahmins. The Burba is a kind 
of borage. It grows about two feet tall 
and is sharp like a sickle. The worship 
of this grass at the September festival 
insures blessedness for ten ancestors and 
increased posterity for the worshiper. 

The Kusha is also very holy. It sanc- 
tifies the soil, makes a holy seat, cleanses 
everything it touches, and purifies the 
impure. Wrapped around the fingers it 
prepares the wearer to perform the most 
solemn rites. 

Thus the Hindu in his blindness wor- 
ships everything in nature. It is our 
work to get the people interested in the 
Tree of Life, whose leaves are for the 
healing of the nations. Will you pray 
with us that the heathen may find some- 
thing vastly more valuable than their 
present objects of worship. There is a 
great work to do. Brethren, prav! 

Karadoh, via Dahanu, India, October 
6, igio. 


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Gertrude E. Emmert 

OING out from our 
homes and friends 
these are the words 
that have often come 
to our minds : " No 
man that hath left 
house, or parents, or 
brethren, or wife, or 
children, for the King- 
dom of God's sake, 
who shall not receive 
manyfold more in this present time." 
They have been the source of much com- 
fort and joy. The truth of the promise 
especially impressed us when we re- 
turned to our native land. Everywhere 
and on all sides doors were thrown wide 
open for us, and kind, loving- friends 
greeted and welcomed us. Houses and 
parents and brethren, manyfold more 
they were than we had left. 

Just now we think of the warm recep- 
tion we received in the sunny land of 
California. We went as strangers. After 
a little difficulty we located the home 
suggested to us as a suitable stopping 
place. We approached it, not knowing 
what reception we might receive. We 
made ourselves known, and oh, what a 
ray of sunshine lit up that dear sister's 
face, and what a hearty handshake she 
did give us ! The door was thrown open 
and we entered, not as strangers, but 
as friends, for a dear, loving heart wel- 
comed us. We shall never forget that 
welcome, yet it was only one of the many 
we received, verifying the truth of the 
promise quoted. 

We visited all the churches of the 
Southern District of California, save 

perhaps one, and everywhere the greet- 
ings were warm and hearty. It was truly 
a great joy to us to thus mingle with the 
brethren and sisters. 

We also had the extreme pleasure of 
visiting a number of our colleges, and 
meeting with many young people who 
are interested in and preparing for the 
Master's service. We praise our Father 
for them. May He help them keep their 
eyes steadily on Him and their ears open 
to His whisper, lest some worldly ambi- 
tion turn them aside as so many have 
been turned. 

There are those who wonder why the 
missionary needs a furlough. The rea- 
sons are many. I mention but one. They 
need the fellowship with the home 
church, and the uplift derived from her 
healthy, spiritual atmosphere. Only 
those who have lived in non-Christian 
lands, away from the help of those of 
similar faith, can fully appreciate the 
hunger of the missionary for the spirit- 
ual associations of the home church. If 
we had received no other benefit from 
our visit home, this fellowship with the 
brethren and sisters would have amply 
repaid us. 

We were glad also for the widespread 
interest in missions and for the many ac- 
tive, wide-awake members of the church. 
Our beloved church is exerting an in- 
fluence in the world, but if she were to 
rise in her strength and go forward, she 
could do much more for the Master. 
Young brother, young sister, arise ! Put 
on the armor of God and go forth to bat- 
tle. The Lord needs you. He calls you. 
Go, and learn what joy there is in serv- 


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ing others, and thus serving our Lord. 

Several times during the year we were 
permitted to assemble with God's people 
at the communion table. What a priv- 
ilege that is ! Truly, it is sitting to- 
gether in heavenly places. Such a min- 
gling of spirits, such calmness, peace and 
joy! It thrills our very souls. It 
strengthened and encouraged us on our 

Our splendid Conference at Winona 
was so helpful and uplifting and refresh- 
ing, — a veritable spiritual feast, in the 
midst of blessed associations. Love 

flowed from heart to heart. The Holy 
Spirit was there and inspired us with a 
more earnest desire to do God's bidding, 
and to labor more willingly for Him. 

The consciousness that God's people 
are praying for us and the work is a 
source of much joy. Dear ones, con- 
tinue to pray for your representatives, 
that they may be blessed and be used in 
bringing blessing to others. To know 
that you are doing so, is the means of 
much comfort and strength to us as we 
again leave for our India home. 


A Message by E. H. E. 

vah, how long shall I 
cry and Thou will not 
hear? I cry out unto 
Thee of violence and 
Thou wilt not save. 

Jehovah : Be holy 
ye among the nations, 
and look and wonder 
marvelously ; for I am 
working a work in 
your days which ye will not believe 
though it be told you. 

Watchman: I will stand upon my 
watch, and set me upon my tower, and 
will look forth to see what He will 
speak by me, and what I shall answer 
concerning my complaint. 

Jehovah : Write the vision and make 
it plain on tablets that he may run that 
readeth it. For the vision . . . 
panteth toward the end, and shall not lie 
though it tarry, wait for it because it will 
surely come, it will not delay. — Habak- 

The Vision : One calleth to me out of 

Seir (a foreign and hostile nation) : 
" Watchman, what (hour) of the night? 
Watchman, what (hour) of the night?" 

Watchman: (Why ask about the 
night?) "The morning is come; and al- 
so the night: if ye will inquire, inquire 
ye; come again." — Isa. 21: 11, 12. 

The Minister is God's appointed 
Watchman on the walls of Zion — His 
Church. The watch-tower is the place 
of vision, of inspiration, of communion 
with God. From there the first ap- 
proaches of any stealthy enemy may be 
detected and warning given. From there 
comes to the faithful watchman (who 
can say, " O Lord, I stand continually 
upon the watch-tower in the day time, 
and am set in my ward every night — 
whole nights — ") the vision of the first 
faint rays of the dawn of the new day, 
then the radiant glory of the morning, 
then the rising of the Son in His splen- 
dor and His majestic and victorious 
march thru the sky of earth's history. 
To him comes the vision of the Messen- 
ger from the far country asking how 


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long the night of heathen darkness will 
yet remain, and to him comes the joy of 
telling the benighted traveler of the com- 
ing day. 
Are you, dear fellow watchman, con- 
veying to your congregation the glad 
news of the triumphal march of our 
King across the continents? Are you 
sharing with them the joys your own 
heart must feel of seeing the arch-enemy 
of men's souls discomfited by our vic- 
torious Lord ? As your own heart glows 
with the warmth of fellowship with 
Christ in soul-saving are you warning 
your flock of the terrible danger of in- 
difference to the spiritual needs of His 
lost sheep in other lands? You stand 
between God and His people to transmit 
His messages to them : have you given 
them His word On the stewardship of 
wealth and life ? 

The watch-tower is the place of inter- 
cession. Bro. Watchman, are you 
praying day and night for the extension 
of the reign of your King? Are you 
praising for every victory won ? Are you 
thankful that race and color and priv- 
ilege are no barriers to the reception of 
the blessings of divine grace ? Have you 
caught the vision of the dawning day? 
-Do you see the Son rising in the Eastern 
sky? Are you keeping your members 
encouraged and alive by the glad tidings 
that the light of God's love in Jesus is 
penetrating the darkness of heathendom? 
Is your own face reflecting the light of 
the Dawn? Are you encouraging your 
church to respond in praise and prayer 
and devotion to this most glorious vision ? 
Is your own heart bleeding as you live 
in fellowship with your Master, whose 
heart is broken over a world still lying in 
the evil one, while His church, His bride, 
is still drawing about herself the cloak 
of self-gratuktion and is refusing to 

reach out hands of sympathy to the mil- 
lions groping in the mire of idolatry? 

The morning light is breaking 
O'er India's darkened plain, 

The Savior's breath is waking 
The millions of her slain. 

" Preacher and Prayer," by E. M. 
Bounds, is a little book of inestimable 
value and should be in the hands and on 
the desk of every minister. Here are 
some of the weighty thoughts which 
should sink deep and affect the life: 
" Study universal holiness of life. Your 
whole usefulness depends on this, for 
your sermons last but an hour or two; 
your life preaches all the week. If Sa- 
tan can only make a covetous minister, 
a lover of praise, of pleasure, of good 
eating, he has ruined your ministry. 
Give yourself to prayer and get your 
texts, your thoughts, your words, from 
God. Luther spent his best three hours 
in prayer." " This letter-preaching has 
the truth. But even divine truth has no 
life-giving energy alone; it must be en- 
ergized by the Spirit, with all God's 
forces at its back. Truth, unquickened 
by God's Spirit, deadens as much as, or 
more than, error. It may be the truth 
without admixture; but without the 
Spirit its shade and touch are deadly, its 
truth error, its light darkness." " You 
know the value of prayer: it is precious 
beyond all price. Never, never neglect 
it." " Prayer is the first thing, the sec- 
ond thing, the third thing necessary to a 
minister. Pray, then, my dear brother; 
pray, pray, pray." " The preachers who 
gain mighty results for God are the men 
who have prevailed in their pleadings 
with God ere venturing to plead with 
men. The preachers who are the mighti- 
est in their closets with God are the 
mightiest in their pulpits with men." 


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Emma H. Eby 

Our missionaries' children now num- 
ber fourteen and range in age according 
to the following, in 1910 : 

June 8, John Emmert Stover, 13 years. 

February 18, Miriam Elizabeth Stover, 
8 years. 

September 21, James Mitchell Stover, 
6 years. 

March 25, Horner M. Eby, 5 years. 

February 13, Lloyd R. Emmert, 3 

March 14, John B. Berkebile, 2 years. 

August 2, Lulu Nina Ross, 2 years. 

October 20, Esther Virginia Long, 2 

November 11, Mary Angeline Pitten- 
ger, 2 years. 

November 25, J. Wilbert Eby, 2 years. 

June 18, Eunice Joy Brubaker, 1 year. 

December 5, Helen Lois Stover, 1 

January 9, Lois Kathryn Ebey, born, 

July 25, Anna Kathryn Emmert, born, 

With the exception of Miriam Eliza- 
beth Stover and Anna Kathryn Emmert, 
who were born in Waynesboro, Pa., U. 
S. A., these children were all born in In- 
dia, and many are the prayers that they 
may all in due time become active work- 
ers for Jesus. 

Bugubhai, one of our earnest village 
school teachers, began work in Gunda- 
cha, Raj Pipla State, Feb. 1, 1910, and 
from the beginning taught the children 

(Note — On November 30, since the above was 
written, a little daughter has come to cheer 
and gladden the home of Brother and Sister 
A. W. Ross.— B— ) 

their privilege of giving to the Lord's 
work. Every Sunday they brought their 
portion of grain (a part of their food, for 
they had no money), and in three months 
they had given to the amount of rupees 
three (one dollar). This is an abun- 
dance from their scanty store, and they 
shall have their reward. This is only one 
of many instances in our village Sunday- 
schools where the children are taught the 
principle of giving and respond to it 

Our dear little American friends, who 
are brought up in Christian homes, do 
you find a lesson in this for you ? 



"Shall I take and take and never give?" 

It was not in the lily to answer " yea," 

So it drank the dew and sunlight and rain, 

And gave out its fragrance day by day. 

"Shall I take and take and never give?" 
The robin chirped, " No, that would be 
So he picked at the cherries and flew 
And poured out his soul in a beautiful 

"Shall I take and take and never give?" 
The bee in the clover buzzed, " No, ah 
So he gathered the honey and filled the 
But 'twas not for himself that he la- 
bored so. 

"Shall I take and take and never give?" 
What answer will you make, my little 
Like the blossom, the bird, and the bee, 
do you say, 
" I will not live for myself alone"? 


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Let the same little hands that are ready- 
to take 
The things that our Father so freely 
has given 
Be ever as ready to do a kind deed, 
Till love for each other makes earth 
seem like heaven. 


Dear children : When you hear of mis- 
sionaries do you not usually think of 
those who have gone to India or China 
or some land across the sea? A great 
many of you are acquainted with some 
one who has gone far away to stay many 
years to teach other people about Jesus 
and His love. Your hear your papa and 
mama and your Sunday-school teacher 
and the minister speak of and pray for 
the missionaries. But did you ever think, 
dear boys and girls, that you can be mis- 
sionaries, too? A missionary is one sent 
to teach or preach or do charitable work, 
that is, a work of love among the people. 
There are many loving deeds to be done 
where you are every day. In your neigh- 
borhood, your school, your Sunday- 
school, and in your home. And God 
wants each one of you to be a doer of 
deeds of love. He wants each one of 
you to do kind acts every day, things that 
will make others happy. 

There was a little company of Chris- 
tians, people who loved Jesus. They 
lived in a far-away city. They had not 
always been Christians, but not many 
years before, Paul, a good missionary, 
had been in their city and told them of 
Jesus and how He loved them, and had 
died to save them from their sins. Then 
these people began to think and talk 
among themselves of how unkind they 
had been, how they had done wrong; so 
they turned from their bad ways and 
gave themselves to Jesus, and loved Him 
very, very much. 

Paul had taught them that Jesus loves 
everybody and wants to help everybody. 
They said to one another : " The Lord 

is so good to us we wonder if we can do 
something for Him." " Yes, we can 
praise and thank Him for giving us a 
loving Savior." But that was not all. 
They were so happy that they saved part 
of their money each week and gave it to 
the Lord's work. They loved to make 
other people happy. They had learned 
that Jesus said, " Freely ye have received, 
freely give." And Paul taught them that 
" God loveth a cheerful giver." They 
gave not only a part of what they earned, 
but they did without things themselves so 
they could give more. What made these 
Christians in Thessalonica want to give 
so freely? Why did they deny them- 
selves in order to send food to the starv- 
ing people in far-away Judea? It was 
because they had first given themselves 
to the Lord. When we give ourselves to 
Jesus we feel that all we have is His and 
we are glad, so glad, to make everybody 
else happy. We will feed the hungry, we 
will give clothing to the poor, shivering 
children, sing for those who are sad and 
lonely; we will carry flowers to the suf- 
fering and tell them how lovingly Jesus 
cared for and healed the sick ; we will do 
without our peanuts and candy and give 
our nickels and dimes to send the Gospel 
to the dear little boys and girls who do 
not know about Jesus. 

Dear children, you can be missionaries. 
Come, give your hearts to Jesus and you 
will see many ways to be kind and help- 
ful to others. First give yourselves, then 
all you have will be His. The little chil- 
dren in India and China will be happy 
because you have shared your happiness 
with them. 

Keep this little verse with you every 
night and call for it first in the morning 
for a month, then you cannot forget it 
and you will have made it a part of your- 
self: "Freely give." Child, give your- 
self. Give love, and all you have to 
Jesus. Freely give. 


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W. B. Stover 

"As the hope of the earth is the spring- 
So the hope of the race is the child." 

" One should not use liquors and other 
intoxicating- beverages even in his 
dreams." In the government fifth reader 
comes this lone bit of temperance teach- 
ing, the only suggestion on the subject 
in the 577 lessons of the new seven books, 
save lesson 31 of the seventh book. Gov- 
ernment in Bombay Presidency are not 
apparently out making preachments on 

India usually, except the Mohammed- 
ans, associate meat-eating and liquor- 
drinking together, and both are on the 
increase. The net revenue from liquor 
sales : 

1874-75 £1,561,000 

1883-84, 2,538,000 

1894-95 3,620,000 

1904-05, 5,295,000 

1909-10, 6,717,000 

Bengal, in which is Calcutta, increased 
in population two per cent in five years, 
while the country-distilled liquors in- 
creased 50 per cent. 

In the Gaekwir's territory and in a 
number of other native states an order 
has been issued forbidding the sale of 
intoxicants to anyone under 18 years of 
age. In some cases this rule also applies 
to tobacco. 

It is twenty years since the commis- 
sioners of education in Ireland made the 
teaching of temperance and hygiene com- 

Among the Christians in Malabar, 
known as Syrian Christians or Christians 
of St. Thomas, in South India, the liquor 
habit has been growing for years and 

yearb. But lately they have set them- 
selves against the evil. In this crusade 
the ministers lead and the people follow. 
With very rare exceptions, they refuse 
to have the palm trees tapped which grow 
on their lands, which is a considerable 
source of profit thus forfeited for the 
sake of principle. They also refuse to 
let any corner of their lands for even a 
temporary liquor shop. But the liquor 
dealers are wary and ever alert. Some 
of the temperance societies among these 
Christians have this very suggestive mot- 
to : " Be sober and watch, because your 
adversary, the devil, like a roaring lion, 
goeth about seeking whom he may de- 

All temperance workers in India keep 
their eyes and ears constantly open to- 
wards America. Great successes for pro- 
hibition there give increased stimulus to 
the cause here. Every step backwards 
there is reechoed in adverse sentiment 
here. Truly, America doth not live in a 
corner. She, in many things, is responsi- 
ble for the impulses of many nations. 
And these impulses vary. 

Leaders of temperance work now rec- 
ognize two courses of action to be fruit- 
ful, (1) scientific temperance teaching 
in schools, and (2) local option. And 
the greatest hope for both lies in con- 
tinually agitating. 

A mass meeting some time ago closed 
with shouting the following words : 

" Jo pive shrab — so howega Khrab, 
Jo pive dhood pani, so hove chulvarie." 

"Who drinketh strong liquor to ruin will 
But drink milk or water, and good comes 
to all." 


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Financial Report 


I also give and bequeath to the General Mission Board of the Church of the Breth- 
ren Dollars, for the purposes of the Board as specified in 

their charter. And I hereby direct my executor (or executors) to pay said sum to the 

Secretary of said Board, taking his receipt, within months after my 



I also give, beqeueath, and devise to th; General Mission Board of the Church of 
the Brethren one certain lot of land with the buildings thereon standing (here describe 
the premises with exactness and particularity), to be held and possessed by the Board, 
their successors and assigns forever, for the purposes specified in their charter. 


If you desire any or all your money to go to the church, and to make sure, would 
like to be your own executor, — if you would like to have the income during life and still 
not be troubled with the care of the property, the General Mission Board of the Church 
of the Brethren will receive such sums now, and enter into such agreements as will 
make your income sure. The bond of the Board is an unquestionable security. Full 
information may be had by addressing the Board. 


Nov. Nov. Apr. -Nov. Aor.-Nov. 

1909 1910 1909 '1910 

World-Wide, $1,79151 $1,140 91 $17,684 81 $21,563 58 

India, 458 25 390 33 2,809 96 3,447 03 

Miscellaneous, 57 55 147 36 504 24 482 03 


$3,878 77 
637 07 


$22 21 

$2,307 31 $1,678 60 $20,999 01 $25,492 64 $4,493 63 

During the month of November the General 
Mission Board sent out 162,563 pages of tracts. 


The $10.00 credited, under India Orphanage 
to Coon Creek Sunday-school, Indiana, in 
November Visitor, should be credited to Loon 
Creek Sunday-school. 

The $16.45 placed in November Visitor to 
World-wide' Missions and credited to Coventry 
Congregation, Eastern Pennsylvania, should 
have been placed to India Mission Fund. 


The General Mission Board received during 
the month of November the following dona- 
tions for its various branches of work: 

Illinois — $319.36. 

Northern District, Congregations. 

Franklin Grove, $56; Elgin, $43.29; 
Lanark, $32.47; Cherry Grove, $29.23; 
Polo, $20 25; Chicago, First Church of 

the Brethren, $12.42, $ 193 66 


Raymond and Laura Cottrell, $10; 
A Brother and Sister, Cherry Grove, 
$5; Collin Puterbaugh, $5; "A Sister," 
$10; Mary A. Gnagy, Franklin Grove, 
$10; Galen B. Royer, $3.50-; "A Sister," 
$1; P. R. Keltner (marriage no- 
tices), $1, 45 50 

Southern District, Congregations. 

Pleasant Hill, $40.20; Cerro Gordo, 

$30, 70 20 


A. L. Turney and wife, $6; Mrs. 
Delilah Wilson, $2; A. L. Bingaman 
(marriage notices), $1; Elizabeth H. 
Brubaker (marriage notice), 50 cents; 
Chas. C. Gibson (marriage notice), 50 
cents, 10 00 

Pennsylvania — $143.99. 

Eastern District, Congregations. 

Coventry, $47.13; Peach Blossom, 

$11-68, $ 58 81 


Jos. Fitzwater, $6; Henry Bol- 
linger, $1.65 7 65 

Southern District, Individuals. 

Belle M. Sheaffer, $2; Mary A. Paul, 
$1; Louisa Burris, $1; "A Sister," 
Lower Cumberland, 50 cents, 4 50 

Middle District, Congregation. 

Elk Lick, ii 89 


Riddlesburg, 2 60 

Sister N. J. Madison, $1; Mrs. Sa- 
rah Musser, $1, 2 00 

Western District, Congregations. 

Meyersdale, $21.9; Brothers Valley 
and Middle District, $11.43; Brothers 

Valley, $11.22, . .. , 44 54 


Mary A. Kinzey, $10; Brother and 
Sister G. E. Toder, $2 , 12 00 

Ohio — $140.66. 

Northeastern District, Congregations. 

East Nimishillen, $5.63; Chippewa, 

$5.47, 11 10 


"A Sister," Alliance, $14.; Mr. and 
Mrs. Cyrus Young, $10; Mrs. Clara A. 
Holloway, $2; Simeon Longanecker, 
$2; Sister Francis J. Miller, $2; Mrs. 
H. R. Swihart, $1.15; Amanda Sollen- 
berger, $1; Marie Zellner, $1; "A Sis- 
ter," $1; Mrs. Julia Schrantz, $1, .. 35 15 
Northwestern District, Congregations. 

Silver Creek, $24.13; Lick Creek, 
$15.10; Logan, $14.60, 53 83 

Sunday-school Class, Rush Creek, 

Marion Church, 5 00 


L. H. Dickey (marriage notice), . . 50 


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Southern District, Congregations. 

Covington, $10.43; Palestine, $3.50, $ 13 93 

J. E. Gnagy, Birthday offering, $10; 
Noah and Jane Miller, $6; Mrs. A. A. 
Burkett, $2; Mena Cassady, $1; Nora 
M. Ebert, $1; J. P. Getz, 65 cents; 
Jonathan Hoover (marriage notice), 

50 cents, 21 15 

Indiana— $79.61. 

Northern District, Congregations. 

Blue River, $20; Pine Creek, $9.19; 
Second Church— South Bend, $8.42,.. 37 61 


Mr. and Mrs. Abe Reppert, $4; " K. 
K.", $1; Lizzie Marsh, $1; Miss Hat- 
tie Carbiener, $1; James Neff (mar- 
riage notice), 50 cents, 7 50 

Middle District, Individual. 

Mrs. Lottie Hummel 125 

Southern District, Congregation. 

Pour Mile 14 75 


Austin Himes, $15; James A. By- 
er and wife, $1.50; Mrs. David Miller, 
$1; J. H. Jelllson (marriage notice), 

$1 18 50 

Missouri — $74.35. 

Northern District, Congregation. 

Rockingham, 46 45 


Mrs E. Reddick, $9.15; Mrs. Julia 
E. Bashor, $3.50; Mrs. Emma Schildt- 
knecht, $2; Mrs. Amanda McGlothlan, 


Middle District, Congregation. 



Lee Etter, 

Southern District, Individuals. 

C. C. Cline and wife, $5; Sophia 

Darron, $1 

Nebraska— $57.17. 

Bethel, $51.81; Omaha Mission, $4.36 

A. D. Sollenberger (marriage no- 
tice), 50 cents; Edgar Rothrock (mar- 
riage notice), 50 cents 

Kansas — $56.98. 

Northeastern District, Congregation. 



Andrew Eskildson, $10; Susan 
Cochran, $1; Hannah Lauver, $1; 
Mary R. Moler, $1; E. A. Myers 

(marriage notice), 50 cents 13 50 

Southeastern District, Individuals. 

Mrs. N. I. Sowers, $12; W. B. Sell, 

(marriage notice), 50 cents 

Northwestern District, Sunday-school. 



Sarah Horting, $2; John H. Oxley, 

(marriage notice), 50 cents 

Southwestern District, Congregation. 



Slate Creek, 


"For the Lord's Use," $1; J. J. 
Toder (marriage notice), 50 cents,.. 1 50 

Michigan— -$54.96. 

Woodland, $25.25; Thornapple, 

$22.21 , 


D. Holm, Kings Mill 

Iowa — $46.64. 

Northern District, Congregation. 


Middle District, Congregation. 

Indian Creek, 


Bro. and Sister D. W. Hendricks, 

$4; Mrs. W. E. Beazor, $2 6 00 

Southern District, Individuals. 

Frank Glotfeltv and family, $6.60; 
Mrs. D. M. Baughman, $1; L. M. Kob 
(marriage notices), $1; Eliz. Fish- 
el, $1.50 10 10 































New Mexico — $26.50. 

Dexter $ 26 50 

West Virginia— $22.36. 

First District, Congregations. 

Luney's Creek, $10; Sandy Creek, 

$7.36, 17 36 


B. F. Wratchford and family, 5 00 

North Dakota — $20.21. 

Rock Lake, $9.40; Egeland, $7.50, 16 90 


Prairie Home 2 81 


Geo. K. Miller (marriage notice), 50 

Maryland — $17.00. 
Eastern District, Individuals. 

Mt. Airy, Maryland, $10; J. A. 

Bricker, $1, 11 00 

Middle District, Individual. 

Mrs. Bettie L. Martin, 1 00 

Western District, Individuals. 

P. H. Broadwater and family 5 00 

Virginia — $16.07. 

First District, Individuals. 

William Metzler, $1; Jennie Linti- 
cum, $1; W. H. Linticum, $1; Sarah 

J. Hylton, $1 4 00 

Second District, Congregation. 

Buena Vista 8 76 


N. I. Buck, Jr 1 00 

Northern District, Individuals. 

Elizabeth Copp, 52 cents; Mary E. 
Hammon, 52 cents; Fanny Palmer, 
52 cents; Fanny Wakeman, 50 cents; 

Amanda Rudolph, 25 cents, 2 31 

Colorado — $15.60. 

Northeastern District, Congregation. 

First Church of the Brethren, Den- 
ver, 14 60 

Western District, Individual. 

Mary E. Teager 1 00 

California — $14.00. 

Northern District, Individuals. 

Mrs. W. H. Stempel, $5; Wm. Leath- 
erman, $5; Angeline Reese, $2; J. W. 

Gwin, $1 13 00 

Southern District, Individuals. 

Wm. Wertenbaker (marriage no- 
tice), 50 cents; Geo. H. Bashor (mar- 
riage notice" 1 50 cents, 1 00 

Tennessee — $11.65. 
Congrega tions. 

Knob Creek, $6; Beaver Creek, 

$2.15 8 15 


Rachel Gross 3 50 

Washington — $6.55. 

Tekoa 5 55 


A. B. Baker 1 00 

Wisconsin — $6.G0. 

Worden 5 00 


Mr and Mrs. J. E. Zollers 1 00 

Minnesota — $2.50. 

Mrs. Bruce Ashmore. $1; Minnie 
Whetstone, $1; D. H. Keller (mar- 
riage notice), 50 cents, 2 50 

Canada— $2.25. 

Mrs. R. H. Stewart 2 25 

Louisiana — $1.00. 

"Name Withheld," 100 

Montana— $0.50. 

John Early (marriage notice),.... 50 

Unknown, 5 00 

Total for the month $ 1,140 91 

Previously received, 20,439 12 

Total for year so far $21,580 03 

Less correction, 16 45 

Total $21,563 58 


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California — $G6.C0. 

Northern District. Sunday-school. 

Sacramento Valley $ 10 00 


J. N. Shank and family, 20 00 

Southern District, Sunday-school. 

Primary Department, Lordsburg, .. 20 00 

Christian Workers. 

South Los Angeles, ...... 16 00 

Pennsylvania — $50.00. 

Eastern District, Sunday-school. 

Green Tree .- . 25 00 

Southern District, Sunday-school. 

East York 20 00 

" Class in the Corner " Huntsdale, 5 00 

Illinois— $30.20. 
Northern District, Sunday-school. 

Waddams Grove, 9 20 

Southern District, Christian Workers. 

Cerro Gordo, >. . 20 00 


John D. Wagoner, 1 00 

Canada — $21.25. 

Fairview, 16 25 


Walter S. Ulery, 5 00 

Oklahoma — $20.00. 

Miss Jennie M. Garver, 20 00 

Missouri — $20.00. 

Middle District, Sunday-school. 

Boys' Class " True Blues " Kansas 

City 20 00 

Indiana— $10.00. 

Northern District. Sunday-school. 

First Church, South Bend, 5 00 


"K. K." , 5 00 

Ohio— $5.00. 

Northeastern District, Congregation. 

Kent Mission, 5 00 

Iowa— $5.00. 

Southern District, Sunday-school. 

South Keokuk, 5 00 

Michigan— $5.00. 
Aid Society. 

Woodland, 5 00 

Total for the month $ 232 45 

Previously reported, 1,724 75 

Total for year so far, $ 1,957 20 

Ohio — $36.80. 

Northeastern, District, Congregation. 

Maple Grove, $ 25 00 


Amanda Sollenberger, 100 

Southern District, Congregation. 

Pleasant Hill, 10 80 

Indiana — $20.50. 

Middle District, Congregations. 

Bachelor Run, $14.32; Christian 

Church, Burlington, $6.18, 20 50 

Kansas — $10.26. 

Southwestern District, Congregation. 

Monitor, 10 26 

Pennsylvania— -$20.74. 

Eastern District, Congregation. 

Norristown, 6 18 

Western District, Congregation. 

Meyersdale, 14 56 

■Washington— $5.00. 

B. F. and N. Lyon, 5 00 

Illinois— $2.00. 

Southern District, Individuals. 

A. L. Turney and wife 2 00 

Minnesota. — $0,75. 

Mrs. Bernice Ashmore, 75 

Total for the month, $ 96 05 

Previously received, 580 17 

Total for year so far $ 676 22 

Plus correction, 16 45 

Total $ 692 67 

Illinois — $25.00. 

Northern District, Individuals. 

"A Sister," Elgin, $20; Mary Royer, 

$5 $ 25 00 

Nebraska — $13.58. 

Beatrice, .- 13 58 

Indiana — $13.00. 

Northern District, Congregation. 

Cedar Lake 13 00 

Iowa — $4.25. 
Middle District. 

Hannah C. Badger's S.-S. Class, . . 4 25 

Ohio — $1.00. 
Northeastern District, Individual. 

Amanda Sollenberger, 100 

Total for month, $ 5 6 83 

Previously received, 676 68 

Total for year so far, $ 733 51 

Ohio — $4.00. 

Northeastern District, Individual. 

Amanda District, . $ 1 00 

Northwestern District, Individual. 

John A. Trackler, 3 00 

Missouri — $1.00. 
Southern District. 

" From an Isolated Sister," 100 

Total for the month $ 5 00 

Previously reported, 58 65 

Total for year so far, $ 63 65 


Canada — $98.40. 

Fairview, $ 97 40 


Lester T. Jordan, 1 00 

Indiana — $10.00. 

Northern District, Individual. 

"A Brother," 10 00 

Pennsylvania— -$7.31. 
Eastern District, Individual. 

" One-tenth," 100 

Southern District, Individual. 

" A Sister," 100 

Middle District. 

Lewistown Sunday-school Conven- 
tion, 5 31 

Oklahoma — $5.00. 


" Sent in Jesus' Name," 5 00 

Nebraska — $4.65. 

P. A. Nickey and wife, 4 65 

South Dakota— $4.00. 

Plum Creek 4 00 

Illinois — $4.00. 

Northern District, Congregation. 

Elgin, 2 00 

Southern District, Individuals. 

A. L. Turney and wife 2 00 

Ohio — $1.00. 

Northeastern District, Individual. 

Amanda Sollenberger 1 00 

Total for the month $ 134 36 

Previously reported, 278 77 

Total for year so far $ 413 13 

Illinois — $2.00. 

Northern District, Individual. 

"A Sister," $ 2 00 

California — $1.00. 

Northern District, Individual. 

Elder J. K. Shively, 100 

Ohio — $1.00. 

Northeastern District, Individual. 

Amanda Sollenberger, 100 

Total for the month, $ 4 00 

Previously received, 41 00 

Total for year so far $ 45 00 


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Ohio — $2.00. 

Southern District, Individuals. 

L. and S. Bigler $ 2 00 

Total for the month, $ 2 00 

Previously reported, 2 50 

Total for year so far $ 4 50 


Oklahoma — $5.00. 


"Sent in Jesus' Name," $ 5 00 

Total for the month $ 5 00 

Previously reported 100 

Total for year so far $ 6 00 

Ohio— $1.00. 

Northeastern District, Individual. 

Amanda Sollenberger $ 100 

Total for month $ 1 00 

Total for year so far $ 100 

Ohio — $1.00. 

Southern District, Individual. 

Ruth Bigler $ 1 00 

Total for month $ 100 

Previously reported 3 00 

Total for year so far $ 4 00 


Receipts for November — General Extension 

California — J. M. Wine, Santa Ana, $10; 
Nancy Marshburn, Orange, $7; J. W. Gnagy, 
Glendora, $1. Total, $18. Canada — D. A. 
Peters, Alpha, Sask., $33.50. Illinois — Elsie 
Emmert, Mt. Morris, $2.95; Wm. S. Gibble, 
Astoria, $7.80; Geo. Ruth, Astoria, $13.92. 
Total, $24.67. Indiana. — Mrs. E. N. Heim, No. 
Liberty, $14.60; J. W. Rowdabaugh, Syracuse, 
$19.30; Prances Ran, So. Whitley, $11; M. H. 
Huffman, Onward, $21.70; L. Mitchel, Centre 
Point, $5.80; Jas. R. Peters, New Paris, $20.25; 
Sam. Perry, Silver Lake, $2.60; Henry Mishler, 
Sidney, $2.82; T. D. Butterbaugh, No. Man- 
chester, $7.93; Lydia Wells, Camden, $10.25; 
Esther Cripe, Delphi, $14.36; J. H. Gish, Lin- 
coln, $20; R. D. Miller, Wakarusa, $2.25. 
Total, $152.86. Iowa — Dora M. Heatwole, 
Brooklyn, $16.35; Susan K. Powers, Ogden, 
$5.30. Total, $21.65. Kansas— Geo. Lerew, 
Portis, $12.75; Ernest Marker, $9.91; Ray S. 
Wagoner, Burr Oak, $12.60. Total, $35.26. 
Louisiana — Lucy Kenniston, Jennings, $8.30. 
Maryland — Chas. S. Hykes, Hagerstown, $5; 
P. H. Rittenhouse, Easton, $4. Total, $9. 
Nebraska — Elbert Rothrock, Carlisle, $31.40; 
W. I. Haynes, Moorefield, $23.10; Levi Stump, 
Edison, $7.70; W. N. Wine, Octavia, $19.50; 
M. A. Kindig, Roseland, $16.35. Total, $97.90. 
North Dakota — A. N. Whipple, Carrington, 
$6.80; W. Brower, Egeland, $13.40. Total, 
$20.20. Ohio — Mrs. E. Dishong, Deshler, $6.80; 
H. A. Hochstetler, Berlin, $2.40; Ruth Davis, 
New Philadelphia, $13.67; Dora Niswonger, 
.Pittsburg, $4.65; Cinda Neher, Tippecanoe 
City, $6; Edna Maphis, Brookville, $6.40; W. 
W. Peters, Tippecanoe City, $2.50. Total, 
$42.42. Oklahoma. — Lottie Correll, Ripley, 
$2S.63; J. D. Howell, Crescent, $4.33. Total, 
$32.96. Oregon — L. B. Overholtzer, Talent, 
$1.20. Pennsylvania — G. R. Pfalzgraff, York, 
$1.20; Mary E. A. Polk, Savage, $4.40; Jas. 
P. Perryman, Masontown, $8.14; Roy Mor- 
rison, Kittanning, $1.20; J. T. Fisher, Lewis- 
town, $9.75; Jerome E. Blough, Holsopple, 
$14.35; J. N. Cogan, Riddlesburg, $4.20; Phoebe 

S. Snyder, Everett, $1.60; Ana H. Dick, Car- 
lisle, $2.55; H. A Dunmire, McVeytown, $13.50; 
S. H. Brallier, Conemaugh, $5.85; Jas. Q. 
Harshbarger, Everett, $4.50; E. Petersburg, 
Manheim, $6.10; Mary Wolford, Ligonier, 
$3.25; Milton Bashore, Hershey, $4.25; Mrs. 
J. W. Rummel, Holsopple, $9.71; Frank W. 
Groff, Elizabethtown, $10.25. Total, $104.80. 
Virginia. — S. E. Garber, Bridgewater, $1.80; 

B. F. Via, Free Union, $6.03; F. B. Coffman, 
Edinburg, $2. Total, $9.83. Washington — 
Barbara Secrist, Olympia, $9. West Virginia 
— -Geo. Wilkins, Mathias, $1.20; Jonas H. Bid- 
dinger, Eglon, $1.65. Total, $2.85. 

Building' Fund. 

Idaho — P. L. Fike, Nez Perce, $31.40. Illi- 
nois — Mrs. Mary Fahrney, Chicago, $300; A 
Brother, Chicago, $1; Mrs. Bejeck, Chicago, 
$1; Chas. Shidler, Lanark, $17; L. W. Sollen- 
berger, Maryland, $6.12; J. A. Ruth, Astoria, 
$21.17; Olive Johnson, Mt. Carroll, $5; Til- 
lie Ruffer, Mt. Carroll, $18; Carrie Eisenbise, 
Mt. Carroll, $10; Mary Netzley, Batavia, $5; 
Ogden S.-S., Ex. No. 2, Chicago, $3.58. Total, 
$387.87. Indiana — Chas. E. Weimer, Wabash, 
$6.15; Edith Miller, No. Manchester, $5; J. 
N. Holsinger, Rossville, $15; Sam. E. Good, 
N. Liberty, $20.40; Minnie G. Hart, Churu- 
busco, $6; Harry L. Morelock, Plvmouth, $25; 

D. D. Foote, N. Liberty, $18.35; Andrew J. 
Miller, Muncie, $1.41; Sam. Freed, Wakarusa, 
$5.37; Chas. W. Miller, New Lisbon, $16.17; 
Jesse M. Teeter, Moreland, $10; Geo. Craig, 
Plymouth, $5; W. A. Boone, Flora, $5; Lula 
Studebaker, Flora, $10; Rich. Callane, Flora, 
$5; Loe H. Miller, Huntington, $17.05; W. H. 
Sommers, N. Liberty, $10.90; Jacob H Miller, 
Laketon, $7.50; Girtie M. Hire, Churubusco, 
$12. Total, $201.30. Iowa — Mrs. W. O. Tan- 
reuther, Waterloo, $10; W. N. Glotfelty, Ba- 
tavia, $12.35; H. Glessner, Sheldon, $30; H. 
Roy Book, Adel, $63.65. Total, $116. Kansas 
—Geo. Dute, Walton, $6.65; Geo. Bowser, 
Conway Springs, $22; Benj. Forney, Navarre, 
$10; F. A. Vaniman, McPherson, $12.45; J. 
F. Showalter, Darlow, $24.02; Frank Hoover, 
Sabetha, $15. Total, $90.12. Maryland — Chas. 

C. Smith, Burkitsville, $25; F. B. Otto, Sharps- 
burg, $5.61. Total, $30.61. Michigan — Olive 
Lechner, Crystal, $17.52; J. C. Jehnzen, Rodney, 
$8.62; G. W. Teeter, Scottville, $22.99; B. 
F. Switzer, Vestaburg, $7. Total, $56.13. 
Missouri — Emma Wine, Nevada, $3.30. North 
Dakota — Wilbur Brower, Egeland, $10; W. S. 
Sink, Brumbaugh, $15; H. O. McCann, Sykes- 
ton, $24.50. Total $49.50. Ohio — M. P. Ida- 
miller, Tippecanoe City, $52.41; Chas. Snvder, 
Defiance, $10; Cora A. J. Smith, Sidney, $5.22; 

E. S. Moyer, Alvordton, $25.85; W. W. Stroup, 
Homeworth, $45.52; Mrs. Jos. Harrold, Co- 
lumbia, $15; Max Hartsough, Glenford, $10; 
C. D. Miller, New Weston, $14.07; M. Moyer, 
Alvordton, $14.86; John Hollinger, Green- 
ville, $8.55; Levi Zumbrum, Brookville, $7; 
Hattie Swihart, Leipsic, $4; R. T. Waggoner, 
Celina, $8; Frank Blessing, Dayton, $25; 
Mame Hoover, Alliance, $10; B. L. M., N. W. 
$10. Total, $257.48. Oklahoma — N. H. Car- 
rier, Coyle, $25.55. Oregon — H D. Michael, 
Myrtle Point, $18.55. Pennsylvania — Cov- 
entry S.-S. Mountville, $10; Jas. M. Cassel, 
Fairview Village, $5; Ira Betchel, Martins- 
burg, $14; J. H. Eeicher, Mt. Pleasant, $12.70; 
S. E. Keeny, New Freedom, $2; D. B. Kirk, 
Rockton, $3.50; W. H. Blough, Boswell, $11.20; 
Alice N. Baker, Perryville, $5.60; H. L. Grif- 
fith, Myersdale, $4.97; Mrs. J. A. Sell, Holli- 
daysburg, $2; J. C. Reiman, Berlin, $6.36; Mrs. 
J. W. Rummel, Holsopple, $10; David H. 
Mohler, Mechanicsburg, $16.44; Jos. Burkhart, 
Shippensburg, $10. Total, $114.84. Virginia 
— Frank Good, New Market. $10.88: J. H. 
Flory, Dayton, $9.34; J.' H. Painter, Stanley- 
ton, $5; S. L. Wine, Spring Creek, $18.17; 
W. A. Rux, Blue Ridge, $5. Total, $48.77. 
Wisconsin — Ida Salsbury, Barron, $5. 

Brethren S. S. Extension of Chicago. 

A. F. Wine, Treasurer. 


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Contents for February, 1911. 


Is It Worth the Price? B., 49 


Strike Now, By J. H. Morris, 50 

Among Chinese Women, By Anna Newland Crumpacker, 53 

" That Is My Brother," By Emma Horning, 54 

A Bit of Itinerating, By F. H. Crumpacker, 56 

To the Shut-ins, By A. G. Crosswhite, 57 

Have We Caught the Vision? By E. H. Eby, 58 

Stories from Ankleshwer, By W. B. Stover, 60 

Our Mission Policy, By I. S. Long, 63 


From the Firing Line, Collected by Eliza B. Miller, 68 


Does the Heavenly Grandfather Care? By Mrs. Howard Taylor, 73 


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Volume XIII February, 1911 Number 2 

Is It Worth the Price? 

|Y dear young brother, did you ever stop to consider, 
in planning for your life work, that the strife and the 
struggle and the anxiety for money, whether it be your 
fortune to amass much or little, ends just the same on 
yonder dividing strand? It must be left behind. Fu- 
ture ages, with changed relations, require no such 
thing as wealth. God will reward the faithful, Belial 
prepares a fitting reception for his own. Possibly, 
after the acute, intense strain, after sleepless nights 
and toilsome days, you do accumulate a respectable competence, it 
is but for another to wrench it from your grasp. Can such be worth 
the price Christ paid for you? 

Now, candidly, honestly, with yourself and with your God, is it 
worth the price required, for you to go back to the old farm, settle 
down in ease among the hogs and the cattle and the wide relation- 
ship and the old home church, where your full share taxes only 
spare moments and leaves your life for selfish pursuits? Is such 
worth the effort, to deny yourself an influence, not circumscribed by 
the horizon of the rural neighborhood, nor circumscribed by worldly 
limits, in order that a few small acres or a scant supply of dollars 
be yours? 

The " back to the farm " movement 'may mean you — yes, it may 
be your place — but before you have fully settled that question in your 
mind, consider the call of the world, the call of the Church, the call 
of God. Do you hear that call? If you do not, do you wish to hear 
it? Or, if you would heed the call and wish to hear it, are you 
listening? And listening, does the humdrum of busy, commercial life 
sound so musical and so attractive that your attention is called 
self-ward rather than to the pleading, common voice of one thousand 
millions, who, from unfavorable surroundings or surface accidents, 
are denied like joys as you possess? 

If, perchance, you do heed the call of your District Mission 
Board, or the call of the General Mission Board, who today desire 
more than half a score of men for 1911 to man the foreign fields, and 
spend your life in helping others to see the light, and at last come 
to yonder strand at eventide, will you have wealth? Earth may deny 
you. What matters it then if she does? Your life has been spent in 
other occupations. Verily, earth's denial means heaven's acceptance. 
Your wealth is not tied up in stocks and bonds and lands. Your 
homestead is unoccupied, prepared for you. Your possessions are 
Certificates of Deposit in the Banks of Heaven. 

Candidly, honestly, young man, is such not worth your time? 
Does it not pay? Is it not worth the price? Do I hear one hundred 
willing voices, with one accord, in the Church of the Brethren, 
answer, "YES, IT PAYS!" -B- 


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J. H. Morris 

ELL it again, oh, tell 
me that story again. 
Is it true? Do your 
people believe it? Oh, 
tell them to send us 
that story a little fast- 
er." — A Woman of 

The wife of a 
Hunan soldier said : 
" I want to be bap- 
tized because my husband is so changed ; 
he is so tender, loving and kind to me 
and to the children now. I want the 
same power in my life." 

" Don't cry, mother. If our earthly 
home is burned we have a heavenly one. 
The Boxers can't burn that, can they ? " 
" I must. go back and strengthen the 
hearts of the others. You know I 
showed them the Jesus-way. Some of 
them are afraid of the Boxers, but I am 

A Brazilian priest thus describes the 
Protestant missionary in order to keep 
his people away from Protestant serv- 
ices : " No, indeed, don't go to such a 
place. That man is a missionary of the 
devil. He carries the devil in a bottle 
and when services are held, a small table 
is placed in the center of the room and 
the bottle is put on the table. Then they 
kneel down and make prayers and sing 
hymns to his honor. After this the cork 
is pulled out and the devil let loose. 
Then scenes of outrageous immorality 
are indulged in by those who are pres- 
ent because of the presence of the evil 

" We come to implore your Christian 
country to send missionaries to our 
country to teach Christianity to us. Our 

hopes rest entirely with you. If the mis- 
sion boards of America fail us, what will 
we do?" — A Mahometan Call. 

" O Missus, save my girls from the 
kind of life that I have lived." 

"Where am I going?" comes from a 
man in the Andes. 

Quotations might be multiplied to 
show that the heathen are accepting the 
Gospel where it is going and calling for 
more of it and more people to proclaim 
it. Missionary statistics show that we 
need not apologize for being preachers 
of such a Gospel. All that is needed is 
that we have men and women to proclaim 
it to the nations that are now ready and 
waiting for it. The following facts are 
to prove to you that the world is ready 
for it. The question now comes, " Will 
we wait until the doors are closed by 
atheism' and then try to enter, or will we 
enter while the doors are wide open?" 

Strike now, in African Sudan, because 
Islam is pressing into it and each year 
evangelization is made more difficult. 

Strike now in Japan. In a certain 
Japanese town, where a half dozen Chris- 
tians lived, the Buddhists tried to solicit 
funds for building a temple. The people 
did not give, and gave this as their rea- 


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son : " We want Christianity, not Bud- 
dhism," Brother, is that call broad 
enough ? 

Strike now in Korea. The cry of the 
native Christians is : " One million for 
Christ." They are making a- strenuous 
effort to prevent rationalism entering 
their open doors. Brother, wouldn't you 
like to help such loyal workers? 

Strike now in Germany. Their ruler 
is on our side. Emperor William says: 
" I like reading the Bible often. I can- 
not understand why so many people oc- 
cupy themselves so little with the Word. 
For me it is a fountain from which I 
draw strength and light." He also is a 
temperance man. Brother, no ruler to 
win there, but you have his cooperation 
now, if you will go. 

Strike now in China. Chinese are 
now adopting United States customs, 
and even the monetary system (dollars, 
quarters, dimes, etc.) is a part of their 
code of laws ; they are destroying the 
opium and seeking to relieve China from 
its great curse; they are building rail- 
roads and telegraph lines ; they are ac- 
cepting our Christ whenever they have 
an opportunity — more than half a dozen 
Chinese Christians now in Chicago. 

Strike nozv in Italy. The great head 
of the Catholic church is losing ground. 
Wm. H. Smith says : " Italy is an im- 
portant mission field. An aggressive 
Protestant propaganda is needed to re- 
strain the evil tendencies of Romanisms. 
Large numbers of the people have brok- 
en away from the Catholic church and 
will have no religion at all unless we 
give them the Gospel. With the coming 
of liberty and the lessening of the power 
and tyranny of the Roman hierarchy, 
Italy is beginning to make remarkable 
progress. The Italians are an emigrant 
class, too. They will spread the Gospel 
through parts of Europe, yet unevangel- 
ized." Brother, now you have an oppor- 
tunity to strike a blow at the system that 
has brought so much rottenness into 
America. Will you do it? 

Strike now in Siam. She places be- 
fore us an unprecedented opportunity. 
Not only do the common people listen 
gladly, but the nobles invite the mission- 
aries to their homes and priests urge 
them to come to the temple to explain 
the message more clearly. Brother, not 
only the civil rulers but the religious 
rulers are with you there. What more 
can you ask? 

I must pass by Africa with her millions 
brought to our very door by improved 
travel; India, which is almost joining 
farms with us ; and China that can be 
reached from the United States in less 
than a month. I have space to mention 
but two, our sister and cousin, Mexico 
and South America. 

Strike now in Mexico. She is open- 
ing her doors to the United States. See 
her offer to the Mormons. Shall Mor- 
monism or Christianity in its pure state 
rule Mexico? 

. Strike now in South America. The 
language is easy compared to the Chinese 
and Indian. The people are now in that 
critical period, losing faith in their old 
religion, and they have nothing to take 
its place. Education, except it be Chris- 
tian education, will only hasten the de- 
cay of the nation. Christian schools 
should be established at once. Delay is 
dangerous. Shall the athiest have the 
first chance? Brother school teacher, 
are you looking for a place where your 
teaching will count for eternity? South 
America is one of the many places where 
you can gain pearls for your crown. 
Work among the heathen brings results. 
Here are a few results : 

In' Toluca and Torreon, Mexico, there 
were revivals with fifty conversions. 

Rev. S. M. Sowell says : " We are 
having our best year. This year we 
have received eighteen. Last week I had 
the privilege of baptizing a Portuguese, 
who is principal of one of the national 

With a beer-garden in which was a 
merry-go-round, with the combined 


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noise in front of the church, and a brass- 
band within eighty-five feet of the pulpit, 
Rev. F. F. Soren preached the Gospel in 
Rio Janeiro. In spite of these hin- 
drances, he had so many that his house 
was too small to accommodate the eager 
searchers. His church has now grown 
to be self-supporting. To this com- 
munity there are eight outstations and 
some points which are being organized 
into churches. 

Rev. W. E. Crocker tells of immersing 
fifty-one on one Sunday morning and of 
their welcome reception by their fellows. 
This was in a China town. On a No- 
vember Sunday in Chicago six Chinese 
were immersed. 

The Island of New Guinea has twelve 
stations in which are employed twenty- 
four European missionaries, and eleven 
native helpers. The mission schools have 
440 boys and 154 girls in attendance. 
During 1909, 228 heathens were baptized. 
Besides New Guinea more than 300 
Islands have been evangelized in about 
eighty years. In some of them not a 
heathen is left. In spite of the opposi- 
tion in Moslem lands, there are 600 mis- 
sionaries working in Moslem territory. 

Some Hindus acknowledged the worth 
of Christianity when they gave 17,000 
rupees toward endowing the Christian 
hospital at Albert Victor. 

Labrador is awakened from her cold 
stupor. When the lumber arrived for 
the new Moravian church the men and 
women turned out in a body and carried 
the timbers from the vessel to the site 
selected for the church. 

Last year $2,300 was invested in one 
missionary and native helpers in Korea 
by a certain American Board, and these 

men cared for forty churches and 5,600 
Christians; kept 1,800 in day school and 
sixty-three in high school. In all these 
schools the Bible is taught every day. 
They baptized 529 and preached to 
30,000 who are still in heathen darkness. 
During the year the 5,600 Christians 
gave $6,000 for the support of the work. 
That is what some one's mission money 
is doing. Is your dollar among that, my 
brother? Converted heathen giving 
more than a dollar apiece and some 
church members in America less than 
half that much ! 

At Mitiaro, Cook Islands, ninety years 
ago, 200 men and women were eaten at 
one feast. At every service now the 
churches are crowded. What brought 
the change? A missionary went there. 
Fifty years ago there was not a Chris- 
tian in Japan ; today there are over 100,- 
000. Seventy-five years ago there was 
not a Christian in the Hawaiian Islands ; 
today there are no native heathens. One 
day's baptizing in Burma amounted to 
2,222. The number of conversions an- 
nually on heathen fields is more than 
100,000. The Protestant membership on 
heathen soil is 1,600,000. 

One Christian could, by getting one 
helper in 1911, and each of those one 
helper in 1912, and each of those one 
helper in 1913, etc., doubling their force 
each year, in thirty-one years reach over 
two and one-half billion people. Can't 
we do it? Shall we do it? Will we do 
it ? The call is great ; the doors are open ; 
the results are sure ; the final reward is 
promised from the Heavenly bank with 
God as the chief Stockholder. Will you 
work under such conditions? Why not? 
Pray over the matter with God, then 
send the Mission Board vour answer. 

When, instead of saying, " The world owes me a living," men shall say, " I owe 
the world a life," then the Kingdom will come in power. — Maltbie D. Babcock. 


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Anna Newland Crumpacker 

HILE living at the 
temple the village 
women around came 
in numbers to call. 
Some of their calls 
were long, some 
short, and the num- 
ber of callers in a day- 
varied from one or 
two to twenty-five. 
Sometimes they 
brought several children, sometimes came 
alone. Nothing escaped their eyes, as 
they came to 1 see how the foreigners lived. 
They seemed to feel quite at liberty to 
walk into the various rooms to see what 
we had and to comment on the same. The 
food and the manner of preparation were 
most eagerly inquired into. Our cloth- 
ing was no less interesting and the cut 
of the same, the making of it, the kind of 
cloth and the price were almost invari- 
ably a part of their questions. When 
they called, the first thing asked was, 
" Have you had your food ? " This 
they ask, regardless of the time of day, 
and it is simply a polite form of greeting. 
Then after they are seated they ask the 
age, the number of children and their 
ages, whether boys or girls. After this 
they inquire into the relations in the 
homeland. Ask about the mother-in-law, 
her age, and whether she still lives. Then 
come the parents, brothers and sisters, 
and all that sort of thing. This was told 
time and time again, but it was the first 
thing to talk about, much as we speak of 
the weather at home, and so we must be 
content to answer such questions as well 
as to ask them in return. 

A goodly per cent of the women 
smoke. When a woman wants to smoke 
she usually offers the pipe to all the 

others first. Perhaps they take a whiff 
or two, perhaps they do not, but they al- 
ways ask her to smoke and then she pro- 
ceeds. Their pipes have long stems, 
often more than a foot in length, but the 
bowl holds very little tobacco and is soon 
emptied. The women often brought 
their sewing along. This was usually 
shoe soles. Several pieces of brown 
paper were cut the desired shape, and on 
this bits of old cloth were laid, and over 
this a coarse white canvas cloth was 
stretched. Then all this was closely 
stitched with a variety of water grass, 
twisted into coarse thread. When com- 
pleted the shoe sole is quite strong and 
will last some months. 

Many of these women have eye trou- 
ble. I ventured to doctor one and it 
proved to be a success. My fame spread 
and many women came to have their 
eyes treated, regardless of the trouble. 
They fancied this ointment was likely to 
help them — at least they wanted me to 
try and see if it wouldn't help a little. 
One woman came, her eyes swollen shut, 
and she asked to be doctored. I told her 
I had nothing that would help her eyes ; 
that the ointment would do them no 
good. She went away quite unhappy, 
and in a few days came back again. This 
time her three little girls led her. She 
said she had six children and she must 
work for them, and if the ointment would 
not help her eyes to give her medicine 
to eat ; that she would do anything so she 
could see again. How sad it is to be un- 
able to help when such calls come ! 

Another woman came to have her eyes 
doctored. I again administered a little 
ointment. She was an old lady with a 
very dear face and asked to see where I 
lived. Accordingly I invited her in. 


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Scarcely had she entered the room till 
she prostrated herself before the idols 
which were set up in the temple for wor- 
ship and which we had promised not to 
disturb. After she had prostrated her- 
self to them she turned to me and said, 
" Yet worship you, you helped me." 
What a blessing it would have been to 
be able to help and lead her to the loving 
Savior ! Since then she has come to visit 
us here in town. She brought and in- 
sisted on giving us ten eggs, because her 
eyes were helped and she said she had 
nothing else to bring. 

Every home in this village is open to 
us now. There is one dear old lady liv- 
ing there that can read. She is so old 
that she could not do much work as a 
Bible woman beyond her own village, 
even if she accepts the Savior and is 
willing to work as a Bible woman. Join 
us in prayer that God will send us a Bible 

woman. It is the great need of our work 
at present. There are so very, very few 
of the women who can read, and they all 
are crippled, and social customs bind 
them so closely that it must needs be a 
slow process to win them. Still, they 
are so human, they love so well to have 
some one to love them and to sympathize 
with them, they have real heart-aches 
and sorrows, and they feel them just as 
keenly as do we. They are sorry to be 
compelled to give their children away 
because they cannot feed them. What 
else can they do? What would you do 
under similar circumstances? May the 
time soon come when these poor crea- 
tures shall know that " God is love." 
They must know it because of the lives 
of His children ; they cannot read it from 

Ping Ting Chou, Shansi, China. 


Emma Horning 

STORY was told at 
the Edinburg Confer- 
ence of a little girl 
carrying her big baby 
brother. A friend in 
pity said to her, "Are 
you not tired carrying 
that burden ?" She 
promptly replied, 
"That is not a burden, 
it is my brother." 
That should be the attitude of the 
whole Christian world to its less fortu- 
nate brothers. They are not so well de- 
veloped as we, and we should gladly 
help them along. But do we realize they 
are our brothers? That is where the 
trouble comes in. Those people on the 
other side of the world who talk such 

a queer language, wear such peculiar 
clothes, whose men wear long hair and 
whose women bind their feet till they are 
cripples — what relation are they to us? 
Their women know nothing outside of 
the bare necessities of life. They crowd 
together in city and village closer than 
we pack our animals in our barns. The 
streets are narrow and filthy and little 
of God's beautiful nature can reveal it- 
self. Where are the art, beauty, refine- 
ment and culture as we know them — 
which we consider so essential to con- 
geniality and friendship? As we read 
of the strange people in distant lands the 
vagueness of it all makes us forget our 
kinship ; and when one first comes in 
close contact with them, the homely ex- 
terior, so often rude and filthy, causes 


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Brother Feng 1 , the Chinese Helper. 

one almost to doubt the kinship. And 
still further, when one sees them falling 
down to worship dirty, broken, clay 
images that their own hands have made 
years before, one further wonders where 
the natural or spiritual relationship 
comes in. 

But this seeming distance is mostly on 
the surface and soon brushes off, like the 
wayside dust from our shoes. What if 
their clothing, language and customs are 
different from ours? We often seem 
peculiar and rude to them in our cus- 
toms. They perhaps have as much rea- 
son in many of their customs as we have 
in ours. And if we but look back a few 
hundred years in our history we will find 
that we worshiped in as crude a manner 
as they. Also the sanitary habits which we 
pride ourselves in are not of many years' 
standing, and some of the western peo- 
ple have not thoroughly learned them 
yet. Just give these undeveloped nations 

a few years and they may compare more 

No matter how much peoples may 
seem to differ outwardly, the real self, 
the human nature, is the same the world 
over. This is what proves that we have 
all come from one family and have God 
as our Creator. It is this that makes it 
possible to be brothers to all nations, to 
understand, sympathize with and love 
them. And truly we say it is no burden 
when we once know them. Then one's 
only cry is, " Lord, teach me how I may 
be of the most help to these people." 
Then their sorrows, their difficulties, 
their joys and their pleasures all are ours. 
When we see a poor Chinaman bound 
down by the iron shackles of the opium 
curse we say, " There is my brother. 
How would I feel if I were in his cir- 
cumstances? I must help him out of 
that." When we see the women unable 
to read a word of God's Book and their 
feet bound to mere stumps we say, 
" There is my sister. How would I feel 
if I were in her place? I must help her 
out of that condition." When we see 
them bowing down to clay and wood and 
stone and trees we say, " There are my 
brothers. In what condition would my 
soul be if I knew no other God but 
these ? I must help them to the light." 

So we will gladly work among these 
dear people day after day, year after year, 
trying to give them our best, — no, not 
our best but the Lord's best. We pray 
that the Lord may soon teach them that 
we are their brothers and have no> aim 
but to bring them Light and Life. 

We pray that the church at home may 
not feel that these people are a burden, 
but brothers, and cheerfully give men 
and means to prove our kinship. 

Ping Ting Chou, Shansi, China. 

When my finite heart finds the infinite heart of God, I am able 
to trust my finite strength to His infinite strength, and my finite mind 
to His infinite intelligence. — Campbell Morgan, D. D. 


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F. H. Crumpacker 

SHORT time ago our 
Chinese helper, Bro. 
Feng, some servants 
and I went on a trip 
of preaching and sell- 
ing Gospels in the 
southern part of our 
territory. We were 
out three weeks and 
were blessed with 
good health and nice 
weather most of the time. In all we 
traveled 350 miles by donkey and horse- 
back, or else on foot, as we did much of 
the way. At various places we met 
crowds of people who had come into the 
centers to sell their crops and buy winter 
clothing and trade stock and such other 
trafficking as the Chinese like to do at 
the close of the working season. These 
times furnish wonderful opportunities to 
preach to throngs and sell Gospels not a 
few. On the trip we sold more than 800 

Gospels and distributed several hundred 

We can report only the most pleasant 
treatment by the people all the way. A 
part of this road Brother Hilton and I 
had traveled over nearly one and a half 
years ago. Several people along the 
way remembered that we had been there 
and seemed glad to see us again. We 
were asked at several places if we had 
medicine. Several places we were asked 
to doctor people. Not a few places we 
were invited to come in and sit and drink 
tea. Others of the unfortunate class 
wanted medicine to cure the opium 
habit. Others, and possibly these the 
best of all, asked us to open a place in 
their town and stay and preach and help 
their people. 

One man, a Catholic by profession, 
offered to rent us a place of worship if 
we would come to. his town and start an 
opium refuge and have a preaching 

An Official's Cart and Escort. 

1911 ' 

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chapel. I think he is not a very good 
Catholic. He also bought one of our 
best books, called " Questions about 

How we do pray that some of these 
books will be the means of enlightening 
the hearts of those who bought them! 
All the theories that we used to read in 
books, about Chinese people stopping the 

preacher and telling him how good was 
Confucius, seem to be only theory. The 
people listen to our story of the Cross 
and say the doctrine of Christ is good. 
Go on praying, brethren, that the Holy 
Ghost may enlighten and convict those 
who read. 

Ping Ting Chou, China, Dec. 10, ipio. 


A. G. Crosswhite 

OW long and lonely 
the hours seem at 
times ! 

Tonight I must 
miss my appointment, 
for I am not able to 
attend on account of 
a heavy cold. While 
they are all gone from 
here it affords me an 
excellent opportunity 
of entering into the circle of " shut-ins," 
through the spirit, and feeling to a limit- 
ed degree your daily burdens. 

We never know how to appreciate our 
religious privileges until we are deprived 
of them ; neither can we fully enter into 
communion with the Holy Spirit until 
we feel His kindly touch in the hour of 
pain or bereavement. The soothing 
words of the Savior on that last night 
were meant for sorrowing ones then and 
ever afterward. How full of tenderness 
and sympathy those words, " Let not 
your hearts be troubled." 

What would the world be today with- 
out the Comforter, the blessed Para- 
clete? What we regard as heavy afflic- 
tions the apostle calls " light." They are 
also brief and have a purifying effect 
upon the soul. 

One hour in heaven will fully compen- 
sate for a life-service here, whether it 
be spent in pain or pleasure. The closer 
we are shut in the more completely is the 
world shut out. It is necessary for all 
of us to undergo a certain amount of re- 
finement if we would reach heaven, and 
it were better that it be accomplished 
through bodily affliction than mental 

The latter condition does not affect the 
Christian sufferer, for he trusts in the 
Lord and commits his ways unto Him. 
Paul bore in his body the marks of the 
Lord Jesus. A daily crucifixion of self 
will at last tell on the countenance and 
sweeten the life so that others can see 
that we have been with Jesus. His 
" thorn in the flesh " hindered his work to 
a certain extent, and he prayed for its re- 
moval, but God knew best and gave him 
the best antidote that. the world has ever 
known — His sufficient grace. Gladly 
would I take you all by the hand tonight 
and spend an hour at each bedside in 
Christian fellowship, but we may never 
meet until we reach the portal of that 
beautiful city where the sun goeth no 
more down, and where sickness and 
death shall no more come. 

Flora, Ind. 


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E. H. Eby 

HEN Ghrist told his 
disciples to go into all 
the world and preach 
the Gospel to every 
creature, and also 
said that they should 
be His witnesses to 
the very ends of the 
£\!!?^«^^^ earth, He meant, and 
they understood, that 
in their own genera- 
tion — in their lifetime — this task was to 
be accomplished. By the power of the 
indwelling Spirit they undertook it and 
in His strength they accomplished it. 
This was the apostolic program. And 
the absence of the helps of our modern 
civilization makes the more striking and 
evident the spiritual forces by which the 
task was accomplished. These men had 
the vision of a world-kingdom — the 
Kingdom of Heaven on earth. And un- 
der the spell of this inspiration they 
achieved great victories. 

But alas ! how the Church lost in 
spiritual power as she gained in tem- 
poral authority and wealth, until today 
she is confronted by a hundred and fifty 
millions of men who do not know Christ's 
power to save. In recent years the re- 
sponsbility of the Church to take Christ 
to all the world has been brought into 
new light — the lost vision has been re- 
stored, the dead ideal revived. Hereto- 
fore the Church seemed content if each 
generation saw a few more lights lit 
up in the world of darkness ; satisfied if 
a few brave pioneers penetrated to un- 
known districts ; hoping that sometime, 
in the far-distant future, perhaps, all the 
world shall have heard the gospel mes- 
sage. Can we continue to be content 

with such a view of our duty toward a 
lost world? Or have we caught the 
vision that gripped men in the apostolic 
times — Christ made known to all the 
world in this our generation? Do we 
recognize the right of every man, wo- 
man, and child now living in all the 
world to have a chance to accept Jesus 
Christ as their personal Savior? And 
are we as a Church ready to assume our 
share of the responsibility (would that 
we might say, grasp our share of the 
splendid opportunity), undertake our 
part of the task, and within the time of 
us who are now living, bring Christ with- 
in reach of everyone in the territories al- 
lotted to us for work? 

Leaving our share of China and other 
lands for later estimates, let us turn to 
our India field and ask what is needed 
to accomplish this, our manifest duty. In 
the territory recognized as belonging to 
the Church of the Brethren to work there 
are a million souls to be reached with the 
gospel message. What forces will be 
needed to reach them effectually within 
this generation? To answer this ques- 
tion it will be necessary to fix upon a 
plan of apportionment. Suppose we di- 
vide the territory into districts, each con- 
taining twenty-five thousand people, and 
call one of these a parish for one mis- 
sionary, or two such districts for a mis- 
sionary and his wife. Suppose an evan- 
gelist and his wife sent into a county in 
one of the States, having a population of 
fifty thousand — sent to give every man, 
woman, and child in the county an ade- 
quate opportunity to accept Christ, and 
to accomplish this task within their life- 
time. Let them start without a single 
assistant, even a Sunday-school superin- 


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tendent or a teacher — he is to win con- 
verts and train them to help — would that 
be considered by us in the home land as 
a sufficient field for a live and earnest 
and devoted evangelist and his wife in 
which to spend their lives? Adopting 
such a field as the basis for computation, 
there would be needed in our India field 
forty missionaries. Each of these will 
as soon as possible train and use a large 
force of native helpers — twenty to 
twenty-five should be the number under 
the direction of each missionary. Even 
at this rate each native pastor, preacher, 
or teacher would have a thousand people 
as his parish — quite as many as one 
should be expected to reach with the 
Gospel in his lifetime. 

But what will the home Church have 
to do? Present contributions will have 
to be quadrupled and a dozen or more 
missionaries sent out in the next six 
years, and after that the money and re- 
cruits supplied on about a constant scale 
for the remaining ten years. So much 
for the equipment and forces. More 
vital and important than these is the 
spiritual force which will be needed. In 
securing this the home Church must as- 
sume a large part of the responsibility. 
For after all calculations are made, 
money and men supplied, yet " it is not by 
might [of men], nor by power [of 
money] , but by My Spirit, saith the Lord 
of hosts." 

In this campaign we must count heav- 
ily on spiritual dynamics. It means, first 
of all, a Church awake to her opportuni- 
ties and duty, a Church inspired by a 

vision of India won for Christ. It means 
a personal consecration to this task by 
every member of the Church — American 
and Indian. This personal consecration 
must be based on one's personal relation 
to Jesus Christ. And this is determined 
by the estimate each one puts on his own 
salvation. Many reckon the worth of 
their souls very cheaply, and so it fol- 
lows that Christ's self-sacrifice is cheap, 
and the world's redemption of little con- 
sequence. From such little is to be ex- 
pected in any worthy enterprise. There 
is something radically wrong with the 
moral instinct of the man or woman who 
can accept for him or herself the blessing 
of salvation in Christ and remain un- 
mindful of the unspeakable condition of 
a thousand million souls who, though as 
worthy as he or she, for lack of the op- 
portunity have not received the benefits 
which he or she enjoys. 

This individual consecration, based 
upon a personal relation to Jesus, will 
find expression in the giving of one's 
life and means to the accomplishment of 
Jesus' desire for the world. Such an 
one's life will be poured out in continual 
intercession. Prayer is the Church's 
God-appointed means for the accomplish- 
ment of a God-given task. A Spirit- 
filled Church will send up Spirit-inspired 
prayers and send out Spirit-empowered 
men to do Spirit-directed work and to ac- 
complish spiritual results. 

Beloved, have we caught the vision? 
Will we yield ourselves to Him to ac- 
complish the desire of His heart? 

There are two atmospheres in which you may work, the atmosphere of trust and 
the atmosphere of worry. The atmosphere of trust is a religious atmosphere, and 
the atmosphere of worry is a worldly atmosphere. — George Macdonald. 


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W. B. Stover 

Jetalie. Chapter II* 

^71 HE head man of the 
village, or patel, be- 
came very angry 
when he learned that 
the Bhils of his village 
were becoming Chris- 
tians. He said they 
would henceforth be 
a disobedient lot, and 
he had won govern- 
ment distinction for the excellent control 
he manifested in the village. He said, 
" Never mind ; let them be Christians. 
Yet to me they are Bhils, and I shall 
compel them to act as Bhils." 

This practically was the beginning of 
trouble. He insisted they must give 
what free service he demanded. We 
said their free service should be in their 
own fields. He insisted they must at- 
tend his nightly Bhil roll-call and stay 
till he saw fit to let them go. We said 
their religion requires them to attend 
prayers every night, but if he wanted a 
roll-call we were ready to show ours, 
and guarantee it to be more in keeping 
with fact than his. The Christians stood 
firm, but were afraid. Night after night 
their prayer was that they might be de- 
livered from the bonds of their oppres- 
sor, who made no secret of his inten- 
tions concerning them. About that time 
the old patel got a carbuncle on his neck, 
which grew very painful. Thinking to 
be a Good Samaritan, one of our native 
coworkers in the Lord called on him to 

*Pirst chapter, telling how the Gospel won 
its way into Jetalie, is published in tract 
form, free for the asking. 

wish him a speedy recovery, at which 
he warmed up and declared, " Yes, yes, 
and if Buddha will make me well, I 
promise to spend a thousand rupees, if 
need be, to bring your so-called Chris- 
tians back to being proper Bhils again, 
or drive them from this town." Four 
days after, the old man died. At the 
side of the grave the son loudly declared 
to his fellow-Mohammedans standing 
there, that his father was too easy with 
" disobedient Bhils," and that after he 
had the patelship property in his hands 
he would show them a thing or two. 

Presently a big ruffian from Kabul 
was hired by the village to watch the 
fields everywhere and catch and beat and 
bring in anyone he found thieving. No 
Christians were caught ; a few others 
were. But the Christians were blamed 
for creating the necessity for such an 
arrangement; therefore sneered at and 
despised accordingly. Not caught by 
such a plan, it was whispered about that 
stolen things would be found in their 
houses ; then what would they do ? They 
were not slow to appreciate the possi- 
bility of such procedure, and begged me 
to do something to anticipate any such 
game. I made a personal report to the 
authorities, showing the possibility of 
such false accusations arising at an early 
date, in order to get our poor Bhil 
Christians into trouble and anxiety be- 
yond what they could reasonably endure. 
The clear answer was, "There is nothing 
to be done except be careful," and we all 
began being careful, and making note of 
happenings, always adding the date and 
the witnesses. 

It was not long till the opportunity 


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came. Two men of the village liquor 
shop were blamed for stealing ornaments 
from the house of a certain Jetalie wid- 
ow, and the men who were lying in wait 
to catch the Christians told the police 
that it is " altogether likely " that a 
certain two Christians were guilty, per- 
haps in company with the liquor men. 
Their houses were searched after night, 
contrary to law. Nothing being found 
in the houses of the Christians, their 
names were sent in, anyhow, as sus- 
pects, and so presently a case was framed 
in which our two brethren and the two 
liquor sellers were the accused. 

Knowing how things work, some- 
times, I went to the fozdar (chief of po- 
lice) and told him that the whole thing, 
so far as concerned the Christians, was 
a fraudulent attempt to incriminate two 
innocent men, and that in my opinion, he 
had better drop the matter. On learning 
that our two Christians could prove their 
whereabouts at the hour the theft was 
supposed to have taken place, the fozdar 
thought best to drop the matter, but it 
had been reported to higher authority 
already. Still he attempted to stamp it 
" non-cognizable," and let it go. But 
higher authority thought it a peculiar 
thing, a theft, and a charge against four 
men, and then " non-cognizable !" He 
ordered the accused to be brought be- 
fore the regular authorities for trial. 

I thought best not to attend the trial, 
for I felt there was no ground for it at 
all, as the men would be quickly dis- 
charged and thus realize how God was 
with them. So I set out on a preaching 
tour the first day of the trial. That 
night I was in bed with one of our 
grown orphan boys. He had been re- 
marking that this is the first time we two, 
" father and son," had slept together. 
We had talked of the meeting of the 
evening, of the hopeful signs in the vil- 
lages, of the nearness of the Lord to us, 
and were about asleep when there was a 
loud rap at the door. Herilal jumped up 
and asked, " Who's there ? " as he moved 

to open it. Voices on the outside being 
familiar, he opened, and here were three 
men, our members, the two brethren who 
had been in the line of the accused all 
afternoon, and another with them. They 
had walked from Broach to Ankleshwer, 
four or five miles, from Ankleswer to the 
village where we were, another five 
miles, and intended walking on to Jetalie 
before morning, because they feared the 
case was a hard one, there was no way 
of proving their innocence, the Moham- 
medans had suggested that they say sa- 
laam to wife and children before they 
came back next day, and they were filled 
with fear. It was midnight, we were 
tired, but when we thought of our breth- 
ren before us, the tired feeling left, and 
we talked and argued with them, and 
prayed together. It was agreed that the 
younger two men should go back tb? J 
same night to Ankleshwer, and we should 
return in the morning together. So we 

Next day we went to the court to- 
gether. I had sought a lawyer, for I 
had learned that in the eyes of the law 
an innocent man has as much need for 
legal help as a guilty one, that to put up 
a stout fight does not at all mean prob- 
able guilt. And so the two Christians 
and the two liquor men engaged a lawye 
together, agreeing to share expenses. 
The liquor men, hired servants, had no 
money, and failed to pay the lawyer as 
agreed, and the next day when all was 
ready, we were yet without a lawyer. I 
pressed the point before our people that 
a dealer in liquor is an unreliable com- 
panion in any sort of a bargain, to which 
they all agreed, of course. 

The third day we had our lawyer, and 
the case went on, our Christians taking 
heart. I attended every session of court 
with them regularly. At the sixth hear- 
ing, they were discharged. Afterwards, 
when we got a copy of the judgment, it 
was clearly stated therein that the Mo- 
hammedan patel was rather indefinite in 
his evidence, and his statements were 


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likely false; anyhow, nothing could be 
staked upon them. 

This endeavor to wrest our people 
from their peace of mind, and to get 
several of the best of them incarcerated, 
v/hen it failed proved a great blessing to 
all, for they felt " when the Lord is for 
us, who can be against us ? " 

Later that same Mohammedan patel of 
the village of Jetali sent word to Jivan 
that he should come to his house. Jivan 
went. He told him then to be seated, 
and to stay there till he had paid him all 
he owed him. How often I have since 
wished I could have been within hearing 
distance that night ! The patel threat- 
ened and scolded, and who can tell? 
Without having seen it, no one can im- 
agine how filled with fear a lower caste 
man becomes at the ravings of one high- 
er born. Jivan and Baber both were 
owing him some money, he had secured 
himself with deceptive mortgages, he had 
promised them all they desired, yet he 
was taking from them at the rate of 30 
per cent interest ! Jivan had a pair of 
oxen. Baber had one lone ox. Before 
noon the next day the Mohammedan 
patel had three cattle, and the men, Jivan 
and Baber, had nothing ! They came to 
me, weeping and telling me the story of 
the night before. I pitied them. Who 
wouldn't? I told them to write it down, 
so I could remember, and have it clearly. 
They did so. I copied the statement and 
sent the original at once to the assistant 
collector, with the suggestion that this 
patel is a slave-driver of the first water, 
and needs official attention, according to 
the judgment of a missionary. The as- 
sistant collector sent the paper to the 

mamlutdar, with instructions to look very 
carefully into the matter. Jivan and Ba- 
ber and the patel were called before the 
mamlutdar. That day I was unavoid- 
ably away, and both men declared, when 
face to face with the patel and the mam- 
lutdar, that the story on paper was large- 
ly a fabrication ! Of all things ! And 
why? Because, as they admitted after- 
wards, they feared the Mohammedan, 
what he would do to them when they 
were again in the village! The law j 
good in its intents and purposes, but it 
is not far to see that it is hard for the 
law to catch an eel in such circumstances. 
They were called again. This time I, 
too, was called, and I was given the 
privilege of cross-questioning the patel 
before the mamlutdar. In his statement 
he lied a number of times, but as it was 
no court trial, as there was no oath, no 
breach so to speak, nothing was done ex- 
cept make a record. After several hours 
of this, the fellow, on being dismissed, 
called me aside to enjoy with him a cup 
of tea ! And I had been trying for sev- 
eral hours to make him prove himself 
guilty of criminal offence! We drank 
tea together, and all went home. Since 
then, things have been very peaceful in 
Jetalie, so far as persecution is con- 
cerned. The number of Christians there 
has increased to thirty or more, and the 
Bhils of the surrounding villages heart- 
ily enjoy hearing the story of their ex- 
perience as Christians, and many of them 
speak occasionally of the future years 
when the whole Bhil tribe will be a new 
race, numbered among Christian people, 
open-hearted members of the Christian 

You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments that stand 
out, the moments when you have really lived, are moments when you have done 
things in a spirit of love. — Henry Drummond. 


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I. S. Long 

Y article will have 
to do only with our 
policy regarding our 
Indian helpers or 
workers. It will deal 
with our policy till the 
present ; how this pol- 
icy has worked, and 
the remedy for any 
defect in said policy. 
Occasionally we receive letters from 
the homeland something to this effect: 
" You know that we present-day Ameri- 
cans are first of all practical people. So, 
when your report comes out we want to 
know first of all what the statistics have 
to say," etc. If the Brethren Church in 
India is smaller than you could wish, or 
if it is growing more slowly than you 
could wish, at least one part of the an- 
swer is contained in the fact that we 
have so few native workers through 
whom to work, and of these we have too 
few who are really men of power, too 
few perhaps who are really called of God 
to preach His Word. 

At first, the Indian workers of our 
mission were mainly preachers or cate- 
chists going here and there telling the 
Good News to any who would listen. 
But after much experience and perhaps 
as much failure the field committee 
unanimously decided that hereafter the 
first duty of all workers, as far as pos- 
sible, would be to teach a day school, or 
if a day school be not possible, a night 
school. There are reasons for such an 
action on the part of the committee. 
First, the advantage and usefulness of 
the village school is thereby recognized, 

in evangelistic work. If India is to be 
won to Christ it is not too much to say 
it will have to be won through winning 
the child. Second. In raising up a force 
of workers we shall of necessity have to 
use young men and women to begin 
with. In India old people listen rather 
impatiently to the preaching of a young 
man. A literal translation of one of their 
proverbs is " The old man, he alone is 
wise." While the schoolteacher is train- 
ing up boys and girls for Jesus he is 
himself getting experience and balance 
and poise, and the Mission is finding out 
his ability and worth and influence. 
Clearly this part of the policy is wisdom. 
As for teaching these workers the 
Word and otherwise preparing them for 
greater usefulness we have been having 
yearly a ten days' or two weeks' Bible 
Institute conducted along with the Dis- 
trict Meeting. We are glad to say that 
during this time we have had some times 
of blessing and sweet fellowship with our 
Indian brethren. But while this institute 
is helpful it has proven (may we say?) in- 
sufficient to meet our real needs. 
Courses of study have been outlined for 
eight years, the length and strength of 
each year's work being necessarily 
limited, of course. Some few of our 
men have studied right through the year 
and so with this course and plan of work 
even have done fairly well. 

In a general way, however, many of 
us feel our policy does not work well and 
long for something better and fuller. 
First, since our workers are teachers of 
schools, if they would attend the Bible 
Institute at all their schools necessarily 


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close. This has resulted in injury to the 
schools, several of which have well-nigh 
closed altogether simply because during 
vacation enthusiasm for the school got 
low. Once the ball is rolling it needs to 
be kept rolling, it seems. Until the pres- 
ent, during the Bible Institute the field 
work all stopped, for we had no relay 
force to take the place of the teachers. 
Entirely to stop all village work, even 
for a short period, has not proven a suc- 
cess, just as one would expect. Secondly, 
teaching as little as we have we could not 
expect our men to be " strong in the 
Lord and in the power of His might." 
And yet, let no one think any one of us 
has done less than his very best for his 
men. The workers, when possible, at- 
tend the preached Word and Sunday- 
school where the teacher and preacher is 
the missionary. Besides, if at all pos- 
sible while touring or during the rains 
each missionary tries to teach his station 
workers as he may find time. And yet, 
while the Indian is eloquent both at 
speaking and in prayer, his testimony 
and life have not carried the weight and 
brought the conviction among the people 
we long to see. Perhaps our ideals are 
too high for first generation Christians. 
Thirdly, our policy is a bit saddening, 
in that while yearly we gain new recruits 
from the training department we seem to 
lose others through their falling into sin. 
This is altogether too common. Work- 
ers upon whom our hearts and hopes 
were set are today lost to us. They fell 
from grace and so rendered themselves 
unfit for a holy warfare. Taught too 
little, no doubt. 

The remedy is one, namely, the Bible- 
school we have with one accord looked 
forward to establishing. And had we 
put first things first, no doubt it had been 
established ere this. Suppose this school 
runs for six months in the year, and sup- 
pose the present eight-year courses are 
enlarged and merged into about four 
years' work, then if each year only one 
class is admitted each worker would have 

six months' study every four years and 
three fourths of the workers would al- 
ways be in the field at work. Some such 
plan would admirably suit our work and 
in my judgment is an absolute instant 
necessity. In this way the field work and 
schools could ordinarily be well cared for 
while our workers would be put in the 
way of growing in grace and in the 
knowledge of the truth as it is in Jesus. 

Briefly see the situation. If we ever 
expect a strong and trustworthy force of 
Indian workers we shall have to train 
them, selecting from our own brightest 
and noblest young men and women. We 
need a much larger force than we have 
today, five times, aye, ten times, our pres- 
ent force. Our growing Christian com- 
munity needs to be shepherded and other 
communities brought to the Lord. For 
all this schools and teachers, many, are 
required. The boys from the distant vil- 
lage schools, boys at present utterly ig- 
norant of Jesus and His love, will be- 
come the future preachers of the Breth 
ren Church in India. Many are willing 
to preach for pay, and great is the multi- 
tude that will follow where loaves and 
fishes are distributed. But the men you 
want us to have, and we desire to have, 
are really called of God. None do 
mighty works except those God sends, 
like John the Baptist. And God sends 
none, absolutely none, unless you and I 
obey Him in praying the " Lord of the 
harvest that He send forth laborers into 
His harvest." Let us learn to pray, for 
His name's sake. 

Missionaries in the Philippines report 
very encouragingly. They say that dur- 
ing the twelve years of American occu- 
pation conditions have very much im- 
proved. Five hundred thousand children 
are studying English in the schools every 
year. During the last ten years 50,000 
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The new king of Siam, his majesty 
Chowfa Maha Vajiravudh, is the object 
of worshipful reverence to millions of 
Buddhists. " Most divine master of im- 
mortal souls " is he designated, and to 
the faithful is " sovereign god of the nine 
kinds of gods." Yet this king, so recent- 
ly succeeding to the Siamese throne, was 
educated in England and has shown that 
he is ready to help missions by personal 
influence and contributions. 

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About 4,000 Chinese students are 
studying in Japanese schools, some of 
them being young men of great promise. 
Some 200 young Chinese women are 
studying in Tokyo. 

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A commission appointed some time 
ago by the Baptist Foreign Board to in- 
vestigate conditions in the Sudan re- 
ports that the opposition of the British 
government toward any church entering 
the field, together with Belgium's antag- 
onistic attitude to all mission work, 
makes missionary effort in that country 
especially difficult. 

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Some one has counted 32,000 promises 
in the Bible. What a Book of promises ! 
And yet with each of these promises is a 
condition. What a blessed opportunity 
to work for a Master who rewards for 
every act performed ! 

" dry " column : Atlanta, Georgia ; Au- 
gusta, Maine ; Bismarck, North Dakota ; 
Concord, New Hampshire ; Columbia, 
South Carolina; Charleston, West Vir- 
ginia ; Guthrie, Oklahoma ; Jackson, 
Mississippi ; Little Rock, Arkansas ; Lin- 
coln, Nebraska ; Montgomery, Alabama ; 
Montpelier, Vermont ; Nashville, Ten- 
nessee ; Pierre, South Dakota ; Rich- 
mond, Virginia; Raleigh, North Caro- 
lina ; Topeka, Kansas ; Tallahassee, Flori- 

One of every three boys of Korea is in 

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The following State capitals are in the 

The Moravians have waged a continu- 
ous missionary campaign for 178 years, 
in only two of which no new missionaries 
were sent out (1744 and 1808). Over 
2,000 missionaries have stood in their 
service, of whom at least thirty-four 
brethren, nine sisters and three children 
have lost their lives through accident or 
murder. In 1800 they had twenty-nine 
stations and 32,000 adherents ; in 1910 
they had 151 stations and 102,000 adher- 
ents. Last year they baptized more than 
in any previous year. The comparison 
of these figures with the activity of the 
Church of the Brethren in 178 years 
would put us to shame, and should cause 
a redoubling of our efforts. 

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Bishop Whitehead, of India, proph- 
esies that in the next century some 30,- 
000,000 or more of the 50,000,000 out- 
castes of India will be brought to Christ. 

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The Sunday-school Union of India has 
a membership of 458,945, which is an in- 
crease of 37,866 over the previous 


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Recently at Atlanta, Georgia, an en- 
thusiastic meeting of colored Methodists 
was held, the purpose of which was to 
promote a mission in Africa. This is the 
first mission of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church, South, to be opened in Africa. 
Prof. Gilbert, of Paine Institute, Au- 
gusta, Georgia, is to be the first mission- 

During last year, according to the 
Home Mission Monthly, the number of 
families, visited by the Mormons in mis- 
sionary house to house work, was 998,- 
363. Mormon books to the number of 
162,696 were sold or given away, while 
37,210 Mormon meetings were open to 
the public. 

Mahmoud Bey, Inspector General of 
Public Instruction in Turkey, says there 
will be about 65,000 elementary public 
schools in operation throughout the 
Turkish empire before the close of this 
year. He further says that they will be 
increased as rapidly as possible, but the 
greatest difficulty is to find teachers. So 
much for the New Nationalism and the 
influence of Christianity in that Moslem 

According to a Berlin newspaper, the 
Roman Catholics of the world, number- 
ing about 260,000,000 give $5,000,000 
annually for foreign missions, while 
Protestants, who number only 160,000,- 
000, contribute $20,000,000 per year for 
foreign missions. 

Not less than 11.2 per cent of the entire 
population of Japan are at present pupils 
in the elementary schools. 

At the recent annual meeting of the 
Japanese Red Cross Society it was re- 
ported that 1,525,822 Japanese were 
members of that society and its funds 
amounted to over five and one half mil- 
lion dollars. Thus we can see that phil- 

anthropic work in Japan is as readily 
seized upon as Christianity. 

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Marriage customs in Burma are pecu- 
liar. A missionary reports a remarkable 
marriage at Haka, the remarkable feat- 
ure seeming to be that the couple loved 
each other. The bridegroom declared he 
was in love and the bride said she had 
waited a long time for him to propose. 
He paid $15 for her and deserves happi- 
ness. If he makes the home uncomfort- 
able, she will return to her mother and he 
loses the money. On the other hand, if 
she decides to go home of her own ac- 
cord, he gets back his $15. The law 
seems well balanced, with no complaint 
possible on either side. — Exchange. 


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S. Jenning-s, Brownville, $10; Geo. V Arnold 
Burkettsville, $21.50; J. W. Englar New 

Windsor, $35. Total, $76.50. Michigan, H 

v. Townsend, Woodland, $15.23; M M 
Chambers, Middleton, $31.62; M. Thardman' 
Bronson, $7; W. M. Smith, Clarksville, $20. 
total, $73.85. Minnesota. — John Ogg Preston 
$21.22; Meda L. Fowler, Worthington, $10; 
Mrs. M. Schechter, Worthington, $24. Total 
$55.22. North Dakota. — 'Marvin Kensinger! 
Zion, $31.62; J. H. Brubaker, Ellison, $1; U 
1. Forney, Egeland, $8.85; E. S. Petry 
Berthold, $25. Total, $66.47. Nebraska.— 
J. E. Throne, Red Cloud, $5.75. Ohio. — N R 
Freed, Williamson, $25; Eva G. Kindell, Cov- 
ington, $10; W. W. Stroup, Homeworth, $8.90; 
P. M. E'berly, Old Fort, $z&; J. E. Daffler, 
Brookville, $5; J. R. Beal, AnKneytown, $15.35; 
Jas. R. Shroyer, New Carlisle, $20; Edna Whee- 
lock, West Milton, $25; Mrs. Eva L. Ramsey, 
Peebles, $8.51; S. C. Gnagy, West Milton, 
$18.69; H. M. Hoff, Wooster, $17.70; W. L. 
Imes, Wauseon, $10; J. H. Wertenbaker, 
Castine, $23.50; Mrs. Geo. A. Hall, Delta, $6:50; 
Henry Royer, Lewisville, $11.55. Total, $230.70.- 
Oklahoma. — H L. Hutchinson, Thomas, $20.90; 
J. R. Cupp, Nashville, $16.50. Total, $37.40. 
Oregon. — J. F. Stephens, Myrtle Point, $10; 
J. H. Krepp, Newberg, $10. Total, $20. Penn- 
sylvania. — Dallas B. Kirk, Rockton, $10; Wm. 
M. Howe, Johnstown, $5; P. M. Habecker, 
Quarryville, $2; J. W. Tedrick, Williamson, 
$1.70; J. E, Blough, Holsopple, $20.25; Jas. 
Q. Hershberger, Everett, $5; Walter E. Cox, 
Warrior's Mark, $17.80; D. S. Guyer, New Enter- 
prise, $25; John Snowberger, New Enterprise, 
$14.63; Bertha Myers, Mit. Pleasant, $21.10; 
Jasper Barnthouse, Uniontown, $10; Mrs. H. 
H. Berkey, Elton, $5; J. J. Shiffler, Union De- 
posit, $17; John Hartman, Redlion, $7.41. 
Total, $161.88. South Dakota.— Ellen Harldson, 
Frederick, $4.55. Texas. — E. E. Brubaker, 
$6.3 6. Virginia. — Wm. T. Fauver, Staunton, 
$20; N. K. Coffman, Haymakerstown, $2; J. 
W. Cline, Weyer's Cave, $1. Total, $23. "West 
Virginia. — Jacob S. Zigler, Gatewood, $6.15; 
Jacob S. Zigler, Gatewood, $5. Total, $11.15. 
Fraternally yours, 
Brethren -Sunday-school Extension of Chi- 
cago, Per A. F. Wine, Treasurer. 


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Collected by Eliza B. Miller 

The first public message given after 
our arrival in Ahwa was against liquor. 
It was directed mainly to a man who had 
come from a neighboring village, with 
two quart bottles, to have them filled 
with liquor. A number of others heard 
this message. We have not since met 
the man. More than three years have 
passed since then, but we have not 
ceased to pray that that message, as well 
as all others spoken since then, may bear 
fruit, abundant fruit, to the honor and 
glory of God. 

At Dolidole lives our Brother Heri- 
sing. In that village as well as in Ahwa 
and many other villages during these 
three years we have spoken often of the 
curses heaped on humanity through the 
drinking of liquor. Our hearts have 
often ached because there seemed to be 
so little attention paid to what was said. 
While we told the story the people lis- 
tened and agreed that what we said was 
true and if heeded would bring them 
many blessings. Those who -seemed 
loudest in their agreeing were often seen 
so drunk they could not walk. But we 
have not ceased to pray or teach or go. 
With these three acts comes the promise 
which we know shall be fulfilled. 

About three months ago God laid it 
heavily upon our hearts to pray especially 
for the patel (head man) of Dolidole, 
and with him the patels of Koteba and 
Kalamvihir. Koteba is a village about 
one mile northwest of Dolidole. Kalam- 
vihir is the village where our Brother 
Kishan lives. 

These three patels are men of great in- 
fluence. Those of Koteba and Dolidole 
are especially influential, and while they 

always professed to agree with us in our 
advice about liquor, they invariably 
laughed us to scorn as soon as we were 
gone from them. 

But God hears us as men do not. He 
controls men's hearts and minds as we 
cannot. The " still, small voice " through 
which He has spoken to these patels is 
winning them over to the side of right. 
Our prayers have been heard in their be- 
half, and the two men last referred to 
have been talking to the people in these 
villages, telling them that if they wish 
to be free they MUST abandon liquor. 

With this they say they will not be 
satisfied, but want others to enjoy this 
freedom also. To this end they want to 
petition the government of India to re- 
move all the liquor shops of the Dangs 
and the distillery located here at Ahwa. 
Brethren, sisters, friends, will you not 
unite with us in earnest prayer that this 
may all be speedily wrought to the glory 
of. God and the salvation of the people 
who desire it? J. m. p. 

We went to one village about March 
first to see whether we could not start a 
school among the Bhils. After one of 
the men showed the value of a school the 
older of the Bhils, the leader, replied like 
this : "Welcome the jail, which is so often 
our lot ; welcome our slavery as at pres- 
ent ; welcome the nightly roll-call — any- 
thing but your school." 

The first of April, when our men were 
erecting a house at another village, the 
leading Bhil said, " Even though you 
live here for ten years still we shall 
NEVER send to your school ; be sure of 
that." jj bliil 


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After four more months of associa- 
tion among these people who oppose 
themselves we have three schools run- 
ning and could open others if we had 
the teachers and means to conduct them. 

In the spring Bhils were counted de- 
filed if caught talking to us and our men, 
and were treated as if they were denied. 
In the same way we could not draw water 
ourselves from any well or spring. Now 
we are able to get water from any well 
Bhils may draw from, and these same 
Bhils eat and drink with our men. In 
short, we are brothers of the people we 
would win, being, so far as caste is con- 
cerned, practically admitted within their 

You wonder at the change and the 
why. One reason is that our teachers 
fished and hunted and took part in ev- 
ery form of Bhil enjoyment; that is, 
they became ALL THINGS to them to 
win them. We prayed and you prayed 
and the people's hearts are softening, and 
today there is little or no caste opposi- 
tion to their becoming Christians. The 
Spirit has been working, we feel sure, 
and He can do great things among those 
people if we are faithful in our service 
and in praver. i. s. l. 

I was alone in Vuli. The other mis- 
sionaries had gone out for a few days. 
At the close of a busy day I was sitting 
in my room, when one of the Christian 
men came in to say that his little daugh- 
ter was dying and that I should come. 
I went with him to the house and found 
the little one even as he said — at least, so 
it seemed to us. To all present I said 
there was but one thing to do, and that 
was to ask the Lord to spare the child. 
Before going to prayer I said that if the 
child got better and recovered we would 

all know that the Lord heard our prayer. 
We all knelt around the sick child's bed 
and earnest prayer was made in her be- 
half. After prayer in a little while the 
child opened its eyes and began looking 
around. She seemed to brighten up and 
took a little nourishment. One after the 
other said, " See, the Lord has answered 
our prayer." Yes, He did, and the little 
girl got well, to the joy and comfort of 
the parents and to the strengthening of 
their faith. s. J. m. 

It was Sunday evening and prayer 
meeting was just over. I was sitting on 
the front veranda conversing with a 
seeker of the truth. He had been here 
several times before, and I had also been 
to his home, which is several miles away. 
He seemed very much in earnest and 
was quite intelligent. I enjoyed my talk 
with him as I pointed him to Christ for 
salvation, when all at once there was 
confusion in the Christian community. 
On the way home from prayer meeting 
just at dusk some one threw a stone or 
two with evil intent, and others were at 
once insulted, as there had been some 
apprehension before. Caste feeling was 
at once aroused. Then there followed a 
battle of words and a general rush for 
the bungalow, more and more being 
drawn in on both sides, until there was a 
large crowd. Such a mouth-battle ! It 
did not take so long to settle it up and 
disperse the crowd, but it was a most un- 
pleasant interruption. And my man? 
Well, he saw it through, then left silently 
and never returned. And do you won- 
der ? No doubt he thought, " If Chris- 
tians act this way I do not want their re- 
ligion." How careful we should be of 
our deeds lest we drive others away from 
Christ! J. m. b. 

Is the Church just a lifeboat being pulled thru a stormy 
sea full of struggling souls, while the crew sings joyfully, 
"That will be glory for me"? No, No, and No! — Missions. 


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Before this issue of the Visitor is in 
the hands of our readers, Brother and 
Sister J. M. Blough, accompanied by 
Sister Ella Brubaker and baby Eunice, 
will have landed at New York. The 
church from the East to West will wel- 
come them. 

* * * 

The January issue of the Missionary 
Visitor was the source of much joy in 
its preparation, and yet we regretted that 
so much excellent material sent in could 
not be printed for the lack of space. 
Each contributor was represented, but 
where there were two articles by the 
same person we were compelled to leave 
one out. Several of these appear in the 
February issue. 

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Looking backward, with longing gaze, 
is a dangerous pastime. Lot's nearest 
relative did that. Looking forward and 
moving forward proves more profitable. 
We dare not stand still, for it may be 
quicksand beneath. What we should 
pray for is not for a return of the days 
of our fathers half so much as interces- 
sory prayer, with accessory ambition, for 
a return to the simple life of our Fathers 
adjusted to twentieth century needs and 
fitted for the soul cravings of twentieth 
century sinners. 

* * * 

The recent meeting of the General 
Mission Board, held in Elgin on Decem- 
ber 21, emphasized the imperative need 
for men on our mission fields. It was 
, decided to send one man to Sweden, one 
to Denmark, one to France, at least five 

to India and at least two to China. But 
where are the men to send? This is the 
Board's policy for the spring campaign. 
Pray with them for the workers to be 
thrust into the field. 

* * H= 

Just before Christmas we received a 
contribution for missions and with it 
came this letter : " I am a widow in poor 
health, unable to do anything for my own 
support. Here is a small offering for 
Jesus, only I wish I had more. No one 
but God knows the depth of my sorrow, 
and without Him I am as nothing." Is 
such an offering blessed? The gift and 
the giver are blessed, because it comes 
from a heart whose prayer is heard. 
What we need, brethren, is more hearts, 
willing to part with a full share of their 
meager means, unwilling to " eat their 
morsel alone." 

* * * 

The Young People's Bible Class of 
Burnetts Creek Sunday-school, Indiana, 
have the right idea. Last March they 
began taking an offering for missions, 
the third Sunday of every month. At 
the end of the year they sent to the Mis- 
sion Rooms $30.82 for the India orphan- 
age. We repeat again, no Sunday-school 
class knows their own resources until 
they give their share to God. 

* * * 

No greater encouragement will money 
bring to us than the joy and encourage- 
ment that come with donations from our 
little friends. It means that they have 


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denied themselves sweets and candies 
and toys that other children may be made 
happy. We are in receipt of twenty dol- 
lars from the primary room of the Park- 
ersford Sunday-school, Pennsylvania. 
Accompanying the money was this note : 
" These are all quite little folks, but they 
have put forth a noble effort and 
raised the money themselves ; twelve lit- 
tle children, some only four years old." 
No congregation need fear for the fu- 
ture of her mission work when her little 
people are taught the privilege of giving 
as are these. If every primary class in 
the Church of the Brethren would do half 
so well as these for this coming year, 
they would raise more than one-fourth 
the amount donated to missions last year. 
And others are doing it. 

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A brother in Virginia, in writing to us 
for some extra copies of the Missionary 
Visitor, says : " I am working for $50 
to take to Conference in 1911." This 
comes from a Christian Workers' Society 
that is supporting a native worker in In- 
dia. When reading this we were made 
to wonder how many of our people are 
already planning for the most liberal con- 
tribution in our history, for the coming 

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Not long since our attention was called 
to a minister who, for some reason, has 
placed himself far out of the reach of 
any of our congregations in the Western 
States, who expresses a wish to do some- 
thing for his Master and yet who does 
nothing where he is. To the Visitor, 
pleading as it does for advance all along 
the line, this looks pathetic. We are led 
to wonder, why the spiritual paralysis. 

Far more refreshing it is to turn to 
another brother's last dozen years and 
see what he has accomplished in another 
Western State. From his letter we gath- 
er the following: Twelve years ago, at 
the time of his going West, there had not 

been a sermon preached in the broad 
country where he settled. Organizing a 
Sunday-school he 4 set to work for the 
Master. From that day to this he has 
labored faithfully in the same congrega- 
tion, from which have grown three other 
congregations. For all his time, his la- 
bors have been entirely gratis, having 
worked with his hands to support his 
family. And now is he through? No; 
instead of ceasing his efforts, he now 
gives up his secular work and with his 
good wife, devotes his entire time to the 
success of a city mission. Yes, we will 
admit the latter picture sounds more like 
mission work. 

# * 5j< 

Echoes from the " Mirror and Reflect- 
or " of last April still continue to reach 
us. Here is the last that has come to our 
desk : " These are impressions I got 
when reading that report, and I just 
kindly submit them. Of course I know 
that none of us go as far as the poor 
widow, and perhaps all could give a great 
deal more than we do give. But it seems 
we are afraid. Why is it? Yes, why is 
it ? Is it for lack of faith ! Or is it be- 
cause we love to be on the safe side as 
the world goes ? Have a little ahead for 
a rainy day? Yea, this must be the case 
with most of us. Too much concerned 
about the morrow, and the fever grows. 
A little leaven leavens the whole lump. 
Nearly all desire a nice home with plenty 
surrounding them ; a snug little bank ac- 
count, etc., and they pinch the dollars to 
get them. Perfectly natural ; no fault to 
find. But is it spiritual? Is it Christ- 
like ? Loving our neighbor as ourselves ? 
What ? Our poor brother by creation is 
perhaps almost destitute of food, home 
and clothing, and has perhaps never so 
much as heard of a church home. How 
can these things be? Grave questions 


* * * 

We are placed to note the exceptional 
opening for work among the colored peo- 


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In My Name! After Nineteen Hundred Years. 

From Kirkpatrick's Book, " War — What For." 

pie, which is being made at Denver, 
Colorado. The Colored church now 
numbers near twenty souls, with two 
ministers, one of whom is a college grad- 
uate. This work, if properly fostered, 
may be the beginning of a tremendous 
colored movement among our people 
which will reach, first Denver, then the 
Southland, and then to the forests of 
the Congo and the Sudan. Let us pray 
for the success of this great work. 
* * * 

The work of the Church of the Breth- 
ren in Europe, as brought out at the re- 
cent meeting of the General Mission 
Board, need not be discouraging, but 
rather is cause for great hope. What we 
are needing for the European field is not 
money nearly so much as a few conse- 
crated men. The need of a man in 
Sweden, in Denmark, and in France is 
imperative. And why should there not 
be found men? This great field is mis- 
sion territory, and one's efforts may be 
crowned with abundant success. 

We are not the only denomination 
looking Europe-ward. Believing that it 
is worth while, we give the following, 
written by H. P. McCormick in Mis- 
sions, regarding Baptist efforts in Eu- 
rope : "American Baptists will be mak- 
ing a lamentable mistake should they fail 
to enlarge their work in Europe. When 
one considers the power of the German 
Baptists and remembers that through 
them the Missionary Union is organizing 
scores of vigorous churches in Eastern 
Europe ... it would seem blind- 
ness not to assist as largely as possible 
such productive fields. France has had 
and will have her own peculiar difficul- 
ties, but the same missionary spirit has 
taken hold of many of our younger and 
older men there. Great advance may be 
expected in Switzerland, and the French 
Congo is now in the hearts of the 
churches. Europe is good soil for the 
sowing of Baptist seed. Let us hold on ; 
nay, let us enlarge instead of decreas- 


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Does the Heavenly Grandfather Care? 

Mrs. Howard Taylor 

(Taken from Illustrated Missionary News.) 

NCE we were hasten- 
ing to a missionary 
conference which we 
were to attend, mak- 
ing- forced journeys to 
get in before the rainy 
season. One day we 
came to a little town 
about the middle of 
the morning, and as 
the wheelbarrow-men 
wanted to stop at the inn for a rest and 
to take their lunch, I went inside the 
courtyard to spend an hour or two. I 
found there a few nice, intelligent women. 
They were very kind and friendly, began 
to ask questions, poured out tea, and 
made us feel quite at home. They inquired 
if we had come to open a store, and sell 
matches and soap, and other foreign arti- 
cles. They have no soap in China, and 
the people value it very highly. I told 
them my husband was a physician, and 
that we had come there to heal the sick. 
They said, " That is excellent ; we have 
heard a great deal about your skill in 
medicine," etc. I said, " That is not all. 
I have come with a message from the 
God of Heaven, who loves us and wants 
us to be with Him in His beautiful home 
for ever." " What," they said, " are you 
a religious teacher ? " I knew what they 
meant. " In this town," they said, " we 
are all religious women, and will be very 
glad to hear what you have to say. Sit 

down and we will gather in all the wom- 
en." What they meant was that they 
were interested in the things affecting 
the next life. Here is an important fact 
about China. Wherever you go you can 
easily enter into conversation with people 
on these subjects. They are all more or 
less interested, and the women keenly so. 
They know perfectly well that they have 
sinned. They know that sin must be 
punished. They believe that when this 
life is over, before transmigration takes 
place, before their souls go to inhabit 
some other body, perhaps that of an 
animal, they have to go to hell and there 
suffer punishment of sin for a longer or 
shorter period. They represent the 
eighteen stages of torture in hell by pic- 
tures and groups of clay figures in their 
temples ; and they are terrified at the 
thought of these things. The women in 
that little town had formed a religious 
society. They paid so much money every 
month, went on pilgrimages to the tem- 
ples, worshiped their gods, and did 
everything they could think of to ease 
their consciences, in the hope of getting 
along a little better in the next life. 

Very soon the room was full, and I 
sat and talked with them for an hour or 
more about the Lord Jesus. They had 
never seen a missionary, never seen a 
foreigner, never heard of Christ. They 
said to me, " There is one woman in this 
town who can read and she is the leader 


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of our society. She is out of town today, 
but will soon be here ; then you can teach 
her and she can teach us when you have 
gone." I was eager to see this woman, 
but we had waited a long time ; we were 
traveling under great pressure, and 
could not delay. I said to the barrow- 
men, " I cannot go until this woman has 
come." They said they would wait a 
little while. At last, at the last moment 
as it seemed, she came, and I heard the 
crowd of women saying, " Here she is," 
and they made way to let the woman 
through, and I looked up and saw her. 
I wish you could have seen that face. I 
was astonished to find that she was 
young, only about twenty-four, tall and 
slender and graceful, with a deeply in- 
teresting face ; sad, very sad, but intelli- 
gent, large dark eyes, and an eager, 
wistful look on her face, as she came up 
through that crowd, with both her hands 
stretched out to me, took my hands in 
hers, and began asking me questions. 
" Missionary," she said, " are you the re- 
ligious teacher from the other side of the 
world?" I said "Yes." " Oh," she said, 
" sit down and tell me." I wish there 
was time tonight to give you that little 
conversation, for I know it would inter- 
est you ; but I must pass on, and leave 
that out. She was deeply interested, and 

understood everything I said. Her heart 
seemed to be prepared ; she was anxious, 
concerned, about these things. Several 
times she interrupted me and said, " Do 
you mean to say that those things are 
true? Do you mean to say that there 
is a way by which sin can be forgiven, 
that God, the Heavenly Grandfather up 
there in heaven, cares ? Do you mean to 
tell me that we can go to the Western 
Paradise ?" They know about the West- 
ern Paradise, about heaven, but they 
have no idea that they can go there. 

"Why did we never hear about these 
things before? We never knew about 
these things. Wonderful ! " At last I 
knew that I had to go shortly, and I took 
the tracts and Gospel written expressly 
for the women, with large characters, and 
put them into her hand, and said, " Little 
sister, can you read ? " " Yes," she said, 
" I can read." I said, " Little sister, here 
are the books, and you can read them and 
they will tell you about these things, and 
these women have been listening an hour 
or two and understand a good deal, and 
they can explain to you, and when we 
are gone — " " What," she said; " you are 
not going away? You are not going 
away?" And when she saw it was so, 
and they began calling me to go, she said, 
" Oh, elder sister, stay here a few weeks, 

The Chinese Mule Cart Is Used Almost Entirely in the North of the Empire. 


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Chair of a Chinese Mandarin. 

stay at our town a few weeks. We have 
never heard these things before." 

"How shall we find the way?" She 
said, " Elder sister, these things are ex- 
ceedingly important, and if you leave us, 
how shall we find the way?" Well, you 
can imagine how one felt. I explained 
to her as well as I could. She under- 
stood when I told her where we were go- 
ing, and about the rainy season. She 
saw I could not keep them waiting any 
longer. " Oh," she said, " elder sister, 
how shall we find the way?" She got 
up with me and we went out into the 
courtyard together, and all the women 
followed us to the barrows in the outer 
part of the yard. She held my hand in 
hers as we went out, with the books in 
her other hand, and in the middle of the 
courtyard she stopped me and said, 
" Wait a minute," and as I looked at her 
she said, " Elder sister, tell me, you won't 
be long gone, will you? You will soon 
come back, won't you ? Will it be this 
moon, or the moon after this ? " I could 
not answer her ; the tears came into my 
eyes. We were going so far, the near- 
est station from that place was many, 
many days' journey, and I did not know 
that we could ever be back there again, 
or any other missionary, for that matter. 

I said to her, " Dear little sister, I will 
come back if I possibly can, and I will 
come back as soon as I can, but Jesus 
is here and you will speak to Him, and 
He will never go away from you day or 
night. You talk to Him and He 
will lead you safe home." " Oh, 
but," she said, " elder sister," and the 
tears came into her eyes as she said it, 
" are we only to hear this once? Are we 
only to hear this once ? " We went out 
together to the door of the inn, and I got 
on the barrow and she dropped my hand, 
and we went down the little street of that 
town. No missionary has ever been 
there since, and they have never heard 
again of the love of Jesus. Is that right ? 
Is that a thought of God? Is that what 
the Lord Jesus would have? Oh, friends, 
is it right ? Ought it to be so, when here 
the churches and the chapels crowd upon 
one another, and the people are actually 
Gospel-hardened, they hear so often? 
That is no thought of God. I believe if 
we had God's thought, a good many of 
us would be out in those dark places 
rather than here, and a good many more 
of us would be denying ourselves some 
comforts and luxuries, and praying, too, 
that we might sustain those who are go- 


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Financial Report 


I also give and bequeath to the General Mission Board of the Church of the Breth- 
ren Dollars, for the purposes of the Board as specified in 

their charter. And I hereby direct my executor (or executors) to pay said sum to the 

Secretary of said Board, taking his receipt, within months after my 



I also give, beqeueath, and devise to thi General Mission Board of the Church of 
the Brethren one certain lot of land with the buildings thereon standing (here describe 
the premises with exactness and particularity), to be held and possessed by the Board, 
their successors and assigns forever, for the purposes specified in their charter. 


If you desire any or all your money to go to the church, and to make sure, would 
like to be your own executor, — if you would like to have the income during life and still 
not be troubled with the care of the property, the General Mission Board of the Church 
of the Brethren will receive such sums now, and enter into such agreements as will 
make your income sure. The bond of the Board is an unquestionable security. Full 
information may be had by addressing the Board. 


Dec. Dec. Apr.-Dec. Apr.-Dec. Increase 
1909 1910 1909 1910 

World-wide, $3,155 84 $2,745 79 $20,840 65 $24,309 37 $3,468 72 

India, 422 47 616 78 3,252 43 4,063 81 81138 

Miscellaneous, 168 82 244 64 693 06 728 67 35 61 

$3,767 13 $3,607 21 $24,786 14 $29,101 85 $4,315 71 

During the month of December the General 
Mission Board sent out 183,961 pages of tracts. 

During the month of December the General 
Mission Board received the following dona- 
tions for the furtherance of her work: 

Pennsylvania— -$473.69. 

Eastern District, Congregation. 

Denton, Maryland $ 26 67 


Abram Packler, $5; Mrs. Kate N. 
Smith, $4; Henry R. Gibbel, $2.40; 
Cassie Yoder, $2; Mrs. Wm. Trevor- 
row, $1; Samuel Rittenhouse, $1; H. 
B. Mohler (marriage notice), 50 cents, 15 90 

Southern District, Congregations. 

Pleasant Hill, $30; Upper Cone- 

wago, $18.04; Codorus, $17.64 .65 68 


John F. Sprenkel, $150; J. J. Oiler, 
$30; C. W. Reichard, $6; Amos and 
and Lizzie Keeny, $5; H. J. Shallen- 
berger, $5; Alice K. Trimmer, $5; 
A Brother and Sister, $3.75; Chas. W. 
Sprenkel, $2.50; John P. Sprenkel, Jr., 
$2.50; Jacob Beeler, $2; G. W. Har- 
lacher, $1.50; Lydia Hogentogler, $1; 
D. H. Neikirk, $1; Dessie M. Ziegler, 
$1; Mrs. B. P. Hornberger, 50 cents; 

Mrs. Moses Myers, 15 cents 216 90 

Middle District. 

Marietta Brown, $6; Annie E. Mil- 
ler, $5; John R. Stayer, $3; John H 
Zook, $2.65; C. H. Swigart, $2.43 
John H. Smith, $2; Phoebe Zook, $1 

Geo. S. Myers, $1; Susannah Rowzer, 

15 cents $ 23 23 

Western District, Congregations 

Summit Mills, $24.79; Greenland, 
Shade Creek, $24.15; Johnstown, 
$11.97; Elk Lick, $11.55; Buffalo 
Valley, $5.50; Montgomery, $5; Middle 

Creek, $4.35 87 31 

Christian Workers, Ligonier Valley, 3 00 


H. L. Griffith, $8; S. J. Miller, $6; 
Linda Griffith, $5; W. H. Koontz, $5; 
Caroline Myers, $5; Joel Gnagey, $3; 
A. M. Christner, $2; Noah Gnagey, 

$1 35 00 

Virginia — $397.93. 

First District, Congregations. 

Botetourt, $65.80; Antioch, $15.60; 
Germantown, $9.28; Pleasant Hill, 

$5.75; Burks Fork, $2.75, 99 18 


Birthday offerings, Troutville, .... 6 96 


S. L. Shaver, Troutville, 100 00 

Second District. 

Second District Virginia 49 36 


Mt. Vernon, $10.50; Valley Bethel, 

$7.60; Topeco, $5.07, 23 17 


Wm. H. Sipe, $10; D. F. Long, 
$8.25; Jacob L. Zimmerman, $5; Noah 
W. Beery, $5; Jane A. Zimmerman, 
$2.50; Mary S. Zimmerman, $2.50; 
Hugh R. Mowry, $2; Chas. H. Wamp- 
ler, $1.65; Martin Garber, $1.60; Katie 
M. Showalter, $1.60; Bettie Good, 


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$1.50; James R. Shipman, $1.50; John 
S. Flory, $1.50; J. M. Garber, $1.20; 
Elizabeth R. Showalter, $1.10; John S. 
Garber, $1; Elizabeth A. Andes, $1; 
John L. Driver, $1; Jacob H. Cline, 
$1; A. B. Glick, 75 cents; S. I. Stoner, 
.60 cents; M. G. Sanger, 50 cents; 
Elizabeth Harley, 50 cents; Nannie D. 
Humbert, 50 cents; Salome A. Goch- 
enour, 50 cents; Mary R. Evers, 40 
cents; Martha F. EVers, 40 cents; 
Lucy E. Evers, 40 cents; A. J. Mil- 
ler, 30 cents; John B. Huddle, 26 
Cents; Sarah A. Knicely, 25 cents; 
Nannie A. Brower, 20 cents; Nannie 
J. Miller, 10 cents; Barbara A. Wamp- 
ler, 10 cents; Bessie V. Wampler, 10 
cents 1 ; Elizabeth Wampler, 10 cents; 

Fannie A. Wampler, 10 cents $ 56 9i6 

Northern District, Congregation. 

Greenmount, 28 00 


John H. Kline, $5; B. W. Neff, $5; 

D. M. Good, $2; D. S. Neff, $1.50; D. 
C. Cline, $1.35; Lethe A. Liskey, 
$1.20; Janie Driver, $1; Joseph F. 
Driver, $1; Anna Wampler, $1; Mat- 
tie V. and Bettie E. Caricofe, $1; 
John G. Kline, $1; J. N. Smith, $1; 
S. Frank Cox, 50 cents; L. S. Miller, 
50 cents; Madison Kline, 50 cents; 
Mattie V. Caricofe, 50 cents; Bettie E. 
Caricofe, 50 cents; Susannah Flory, 
50 cents: Benjamin Cline, 50 cents; 
John D. Wampler, 50 cents; D. R. Mil- 
ler, 25 cents, i 

Eastern District, Congregation. 



Samuel Glick, 

Ohio — $270.26. 

Northeastern District, Congregations. 

Danville, $24.26; Wooster, $23.83; 
Akron, $20; Sugar Creek, $10; Ash- 
land, $1 


Geo. M. Weidler, $6; M. W. Printz, 
$5; John W. Lehman, $3.60; Walter 
and Henry Lehman, $3.60; Samuel S. 
Feller, $3; Mary A. Shroyer, $3; 
Simon Harshman, $2; John Dupler, 
$1.20; Noah Horn, $1; Edith Lichten- 
walter, $1; Birdella P. Thompson, 
$1; Vina Spring, $1; Minerva Printz, 

$1; Edward Loomis, 15 cents 32 55 

Northwestern District, Congregations. 

Sugar Creek, $40; Blanchard, $5.63, 45 63 


Christena Leedy, $10; G. L. Snider, 
$5; Elgin S. Moyer, $5; John R. 
Spacht, $5; Barbara Newcomer, $4; 
Mary E. Detwiler, $3; Lydia Dickey, 
$1.50; David Berkebile, $1.20; Mary 

L. Cook, $1 35 70 

Southern District, Congregations. 

Old Wolf Creek, $7.10; West 
Dayton, $6.34; Pleasant, $3.75; Lex- 
ington. $3, 20 19 


A Brother and Sister, $20; John 

E. Gnagey, $15; Geo. Good, $5; W. K. 
Simmons, $3.60; A Brother and Sis- 
ter, Bradford, $3; O. H. Elliott, $3; 
Eli Niswonger, $1.20; John O. Warner, 
$1.20; Jesse K. Brumbaugh, $1.20; 
W. C. Teeter, $1.20; W. H. Folkerth, 
$1.20; M. Edith Riley, $1; D. P. Sollen- 

berger (marriage notice), 50 cents, . . 57 10 

Maryland — $204.69. 

Eastern District, Congregation. 

Monocacy 3 75 


Annie R. Stoner, $25; Sisters of Bush 
Creek Congregation, $5; Alfred En- 
glar, $5; J. M. Prigel, $4.90; John D. 
Roop, $3; Maggie Little, $1.50; "A 
Brother," $1.45; Martha E. Englar, 
$1; B. E. Grossnickle, $1; David M. 
Young, $1, 48 85 

26 30 
2 00 
6 00 

79 09 

Middle District, Congregations. 

Welsh Run, $42.13; Broadfording, 
Welsh Run, $27; Mt. Zion, Beaver 
Creek, $12.65; Long Meadow, $7.74; 

Licking Creek, $5.57, $ 95 09 


"A Sister," $50; Barbara E. Stouff- 
er, $2.50; Mary L. Stouffer, $2.50; 
Amos Wampler, $1; "Unknown," 
$1, 57 00 

Indiana — $223.76. 

Northern District, Congregations. 

North Liberty, $15.26; Walnut, 

$8.75; English Prairie, $5, . 29 01 


Susannah Schrock, $15; Christena 
Stouder, $5; Thomas Cripe, $5; F. 
D. F. Sheneman, $4; Mrs. Nettie 
Johnson, $2.50; D. B. Hartman, $2; 
Daniel Whitmer, $2; Hamon Hoover, 
$2; Mrs. David Clem, $2; Emanuel 
Leckrone, $2; Amanda Miller, $1; Carl 
B. Toder, $1; Samuel E. Good, $1; 
Chas. C. Cripe (miarriage notice), 
50 cents; John S. Kauffman, 50 

cents, 45 50 

Middle District, Congregation. 

Salimonie, 21 42 


Burnetts Creek .. 7 93 

Christian Workers. 

Salimonie, 3 45 


Bequest, Sarah Lannard, $25; James 
K. Cline, $6; W. L. Angle and wife, 
$3; Levi L. and Florence Ulrich, 
$2.50; Daniel Karn, $2.50; John H. 
Cupp, $2; Barbara Clingenpeel, $2; 
John W. Hoover, $1.25; Isaac L. 
Shultz, $1.20; G. W. Butterbaugh, 
$1; Andrew Fouts, $1; M. E. Miller, 
$1; Mrs. James Himelich, 50 cents; 
Jacob Jones, 50 cents; Elizabeth 
Jones, 50 cents; Cynthia Ellabarger, 
15 cents; Emma F. Eikenberry, 10 

cents, -. 

Southern District, Congregations. 

Nettle Creek, $36.30; Upper Fall 

Creek, $7.75 


"A Brother," $11; Wm. Stout, $5; 
Henry C. Shultz, $1.20; Jeremiah Lat- 
shaw, $1; Amanda Widows, $1; L. S. 
Dilling, $1; Susan Metzger, $1; John 
W. Root, (marriage notice), 50 cents; 
Dennis Hufford, 50 cents, 

Illinois — $2 1 1 .46. 

Northern District, Congregations. 

Shannon, $23.75; Pine Creek, $20.94; 
Waddams Grove, $17.32; West Branch, 



Wm. Wingerd, $12; E. P. Trostle, 
$10; Unknown Stranger, Elgin, $8; 
W. R. Bratton, $5; Elias Weigle, $5; 
Cyrus Miller, $5; Mary C. Fisher, $5; 
Joseph Arnold, $5; Wm. Lampin, $5; 
S. C. Miller, $3; Willoughby Puter- 
baugh, $2.65; D. W. Barkman, $2.50; 
Daniel Barrick, $2.15; Mary C. Gilbert, 
$1.95; Jennie S. Harley, $1.20; H. A. 
Gossard, $1; Belle Whitmer, $1; John 
M. Lutz, $1; Sally Kimmel, $1; Ed. 
Martin, $1; Mrs. W. W. Zuck, $1; 
P. R. Keltner (marriage notice), 50 

cents, 79 95 

Southern District, Individuals. 

Chas. H. Ellabarger, $10; M. D. 
Hershey and wife, $10; A Brother and 
Sister, Woodland Cong., $10; James 
Wirt, $5; Hannah M. "Wirt, $5; Eliza- 
beth Henricks, $5; "A Giver," $5; 
Benjamin Bowman, $2.50; Isaac Eik- 
enberry, $2.50; Atta C. Eikenberry, 
$2.50; J. W. Stutzman, $1; "Indi- 
vidual," $1; Lizzie Gergens, 50 cents; 
Geo. W. Miller (marriage notice), 50 
cents 60 50 

5'0 20 
44 05 

22 20 

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Iowa — $199.92. 

Northern District Congregation.. 

Greene, $ 7 50 


Eph. Lichty, $34; L. W. Kennedy, 
$20; Jacob S. Albright, $10; D. A. 
Miller (deceased), $7.30; Jacob Lichty, 
$6; Sarah Brallier, $6; W. A. 
Blough, $6; Elizabeth Albright, $5; 
Edward Zapf, $6; W. C. Kimmel, $5; 
H. S. Sheller, $5; Mrs. S. J. Kepler, 
$3.15; C. A. Shook, $2; Jonas D. 
Sweitzer, $1; Julia A. Gilbert, $1; A. 

W. Miller, $1 118 45 

Middle District, Congregations. 

Panther Creek, $15.25; Muscatine, 

$3.77 19 02 


W. E. West, $5; Amos West, $5; 
D. W. Miller, $5; Ezra Fahrney, 
$2.50; Elizabeth Fahrne>, $2.50; 
Martin Suck, $1.80; J. B. Miller, 
$1.25; E. L. West, $1; W. H. Blough, 

50 cents; Vinton Artz, 50 cents 

Southern District, Congregations. 

Cedar, $12.70; English River, $6; 

Salem, $5, 


Elizabeth Gable, $5; Jacob Keffer, 


Kansas — $160.65. 

Northeastern District, Congregation. 



James Brandt and wife, $10; Ad- 
die Brown, $1; M. D. Gauby, $1, .. 
Southeastern District, Congregation. 


Northwestern District, Congregation. 



Oscar Albin, $1; Isaac B. Garst, $1; 
Jacob Sloniker (marriage notices), $1; 
D. A. Crist (marriage notice), 50 

cents 3 50 

Southwestern District, Congregations. 

Larned, $44; McPherson, $37.61, .. 81 61 


Elder G. W. Crissman, $25; "A 
Sister, Peabody, $5; Tena Glathart, 

15 cents, 30 15 

West Virginia — $113.32. 
First District, Congregations. 

Maple Spring. German Settlement, 
$80.30; Brookside, German Settle- 
ment, $15.08; Smiths Fork, $3.84 99 22 

Sunday-school, Streby 1 00 


Jennie Burgess, $1.10; Maggie 

Burgess, $1 2 10 

Second District, Individuals. 

A Brother, Simpson, $5; Sarah E. 
Newlon, $1; E. Dodge Ross, $1; Eliza 
Bowman, $1: D. G. Purkey, $1; 
Minerva E. Wotring, $1; Annie E. E. 
Bosely, $1 1100 

California — $85.78. 

Northern District, Congregations. 

Sacramento Valley, $16.50; Stony- 
ford, $10; Kerman, $7.90, 34 40 


T. N. Beckner, $2.60; D. S. Mussel- 
man, $2.15; Sarah J. Beckner, $1; 

Alice Myers, 13 cents, 5 88 

Southern District, Congregation. 

Lordsburg, 27 50 

Christian Workers. 

Pomona, 7 00 


David Blickenstaff, $5; Magdalena 
Myers, $5; Jane Williams, $1 11 00 

Texas — $73.21. 


Manvel 66 21 


N. Bowman, $6; A Brother and Sis- 
ter, $1, 7 00 

Missouri — $70.95. 

Northern District, Congregation. 

North Bethel 


John C. Van Trump, $5; S. B. 

Shirkey, $5 

Middle District, Individuals. 

A Brother, Leeton, $15; Wm. H. 
Wagner, $2.50; Nannie C. Wagner, 

$2.50; John M. Mohler, $1, . . ." 

Southern District, Congregation. 

Peace Valley 


C. W. Gitt, $25; Rebecca Mays, 


North Dakota — $52.68. 

Snyder Lake, $26.87; Rock Lake, 



"According to Matthew 6." $9.96; 
Henry Kile, $5; Elizabeth Kile, $3; 
J. M. Fike, $3; Wm. H. Eiler, $1.65; 
D. F. Landis, $1.50; J. D. Kesler (mar- 
riage notice), 50 cents 

Michigan— -$49.47. 

Sunfield. $14.75; New Haven. $12; 
Crystal, $5.06; Chippewa Creek, $2, 

S. B. Ruppert and wife, $11.16; 
Mrs. Frank Reed, $3; Mrs. Alexander 
Burrell, Chippewa Creek Cong., $1; 
J. Edson Ulery (marriage notice), 

50 cents 

Tennessee — $36.50. 

Meadow Branch, $13; Knob Creek, 
$7; New Hope, $6.50; Limestone, $2,. 

Effie E. Miller, $5; Mrs. D. T. 

Keebler, $3 

North Carolina — $29.45. 

Mill Creek, $11; Melvin Hill, $5; 

Brummetts Creek, $3.40 


Geo. W. Miller 

Idaho — $29.15. 

Jennie Furman, $25; Andrew P. 
Peterson, $2.65; Joseph Brown, $1.50 
Nebraska — $18.50. 

Silver Lake, $10; Bethel, $1, 


Mrs. M. E. Hildebrand, $4; Levi 
Hoffert, $3; Elder W. W. Blough, 50 


Oregon — $17.71. 



Conrad Fitz 

Colorado — $8.50. 

Northeastern District, Congregation. 



L. H. Root (marriage notice) 

Western District, Individual. 

L. A. Krise 

Canada — $5.00. 

Mrs. Sarah J. Buck 

Louisiana — $3.00. 

Effie C. Woodard, $1.80; W. B. 

Woodard, $1.20 

South Carolina — $2.52. 


Wisconsin — $2.00. 

J. E. Zollers and wife, $1; T. D. 

Van Buren, $1 

Washington — $1.30. 

B. F. Glick 

Minnesota — $1 .04. 

John Kaiser 

Montana — $1.00. 


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W. E. Shank, $ 100 

Oklahoma- — $0.85. 

" For World-Wide Fund," 85 

Unknown — $1.50. 

A Widow, Xmas offering 100 

" Individual, " , 50 

Total for the month $ 2,745 79 

Previously reported, 21,563 58 

Total for year so far, $24,309 37 


Virginia — $57.90. 

First District, Sunday-schools. 

Junior Mission Band, Trinity, 
$28.90; Pleasant View, West Virginia, 

$24 $ 52 90 

Second District, Individual. 

J. L. Zimmerman 5 00 

Indiana — $55.82, 

Middle District, Sunday-schools. 

Y. P. Bible Class, Burnetts Creek, 
$30.82; Birthday offerings, Flora, $20; 50 82 

Southern District, Individual. 

John Heilman 5 00 

Nebraska — $55.31. 

Bethel, , 10 16 


A. J. Nickey, $40; Mary Hargle- 

road, $5.15, 45 15 

Maryland — $40.00. 

Eastern District, Christian Workers. 

Washington, D. C, , 40 00 

Pennsylvania— $28.00. 

Eastern District, Sunday-school. 

Primary Room, Parkerford, 20 00 

Western District, Individuals. 

W. H. Blough and wife, 8 00 

Idaho — $30.00. 

Payette, $20; Boise Valley, $10, .. 30 00 

"Washington — $21.00. 

Sunnyside, 5 00 


"Our Vadri" of Bulsar, 16 00 

Kansas — $20.00. 

Northeastern District, Sunday-school. 

Richland, , 20 00 

Ohio — $20.00. 

Southern District, Sunday-school. 

Pittsburg 20 00 

Illinois — $18.00. 

Northern District, Congregation. 

Shannon, 7 00 


Belle Whitmer , 1 00 

Southern District, Sunday-school. 

Centennial, 10 00 

Oreg-on — $15.00. 

Newberg, 15 00 

Iowa — $10.00. 

Northern District, Individual. 

H. W. Filer, 10 00 

Colorado — $5.50. 

Western District, Christian Workers. 

Fruita, 5 50 

Total for the month, .-' $ 376 53 

Previously reported, 1,957 20 

Total for year so far $ 2,333 73 


Pennsylvania — $32.20. 

Eastern District, Individual. 

Linda B. Huber, $2; Fannie Wit- 

mer, 50 cents, $ 2< 50 

Western District, Congregation. 

Summit Mills, 4 70 


Harriet Reed, $20; O. W. Reed, 

$3; M. W. Reed, $2 25 00 

Kansas — $20,00. 

Northeastern District, Aid Society. 

Appanoose 20 00 

California — $13.35, 

Southern District, Sunday-school. 

Long Beach, $ 13 35 

Washington— $1 1.20, 

Birthday offerings, Olympia, 5 00 


Hiram Johnson, $5; Susie E. Reber, 

$1.20, 6 20 

Maryland— $1 1 .00. 

Western District, Congregation. 

Fairview, 11 00 

Illinois — $10.00. 

Northern District, Congregation. 

Shannon, 9 00 


Belle Whitmer, 100 

Indiana — $5.00. 

Southern District, Individual. 

John Heilman 5 00 

Ohio — $2.00. 

Southern District, Individual. 

J. E. Etter, 2 00 

West Virginia— $2.00. 
First District, Individual. 

Eliza Hilkey - 2 00 

Texas— $2.00. 

Saginaw, 2 00 

Oklahoma— $1.00. 

Loran Teeter, 100 

Total for the month, $ 10975 

Previously reported, 692 67 

Total for year so far $ 802 42 

Maryland— -$40.00. 

Eastern District, Mission Society. 

Washington City, $ 40 00 

Indiana — $39.00. 

Northern District, Individuals. 

David Hoover, $5; M. A. Hansen, $5; 
D. M. Voorhees, $5; Sadie Aber, $5; 
Susan Barnes, $5; C. F. Hansen, $5; 
Ora Hoover, $5; Sister Kuhns, $1; 
David Aber, $1; J. S wander, $1; David 

Gump, $1 39 00 

California— ^30.00. 

Southern District, Individual. 

W. Q. Calvert 30 00 

Illinois — $3.0O. 

Northern District, Congregation. 

Shannon, 3 00 

Iowa — $5,50. 

Middle District, Sunday-school. 

Hannah C. Badger's S.-S. Class,.. 5 50 

Total for the month, $ 117 50 

Previously received, 733 51 

Total for year so far, $ 851 01 


West Virginia — $5.00. 

First District, Individual. 

Eliza Hilkey $ 5 00 

Virginia, — -$5.00. 

Second District, Individual. 

J. L. Zimmerman, 5 00 

Illinois — $2.00. 

Northern District, Congregation. 

Shannon, 2 00 


Belle Whitmer, 1 00 

Total for the month, . ., $ 13 00 

Previously reported, „ 63 65 

Total for year so far, $ 76 65 

North Dakota — $131.54. 


Egeland, $27..61; Turtle Mountain, 
$25.81; Carrington, $18.55; Rock Lake, 
$17.54; James River, $14.91; Pleas- 
ant Valley, $10.07; Snider Lake, 
$8.60; Wells County, $8.45 $ 131 54 


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Virginia — $58.62. 

First District, Congregations. 

Peters Creek, $38.12; Oak Grove, 

Peters Creek, $15.50, $ 

Second District, Individual. 

J. L. Zimmerman, 

Illinois — $21.05. 

Northern District, Sunday-school. 

Birthday offerings, Shannon, .... 



Belle Whitmer 

Southern District, Individual. 

Chas. H. Ellabarger, 

Washington — $12.25. 



Brother and Sister Jas. L. Weddle, 
Indiana — $5.00. 
Middle District, Individual. 

Chas. E. Weimer 

Pennsylvania — $3.18. 
Middle District, Individual. 

C. H. Swigart, 

West Virginia— $3.00. 
First District, Individual. 

Eliza Hilkey 

Kansas — $2.00. 

Northwestern District, Individual. 

Isaac B. Garst 

Nebraska — $1.00. 

Mrs. M. E. Hildebrand, 

Ohio— $1.00. 

Southern District, Individual. 

" Individuals," 

Unknown — $1.00. 

" For China Mission," 

Total for month $ 

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Total for year so far 





















3 00 

2 00 

1 00 

1 00 
1 00 

239 64 
413 13 

$ 652 77 


Pennsylvania — $1.00. 

Western District, Individual. 

Mrs. David Metz $ 100 

Total for the month $ 1 00 

Previously received, 7 40 

Total for year so far, $ 8 40 


Illinois — $4.00. 

Northern District, Congregation. 

Shannon $ 4 00 

Total for the month, $ 4 00 

Previously reported, 3 00 

Total for year so far $ 7 00 


December Receipts. 
General Fund. 
California. — J. S. Strole, Laton, $8.50. 
Colorado, — Mrs. D. B. Miller, Atwood, $4.15. 
Illinois. — Chas. Shidler, Lanark, $4.50; Thomas 
Nantkes, Nakomis, 50 cents; Interest on 
mortgage, $75; J. E. Wagoner, DaPlace, $2.90. 
Total, $82.1)0. Indiana. — D. A. Hummer, Port- 
land, $2; Claude M. Mikesel, Union City, $27.22; 
Marion Hanna, Burketts Creek, $8.85; Mrs. 
Phoebe E. Teeter, Moreland, $6.10; Wm. Weav- 
er, Plymouth, $3.50; Z. C. Hill, Arcadia, $11.35; 
Grant Miller, Granger, $6; Ira Fisher, Mexico, 
$6.50; W. U. Miller, Elkhart, $25.50; Mrs. M. 
H. Shively, Etna Green, $7; J. L. Melroy, 
Syracuse, $2.50; Lydia Wells, Camden, $9.75; 
John Bollinger, Shipshewana, $3.25; S. E. Per- 
ry, Clavpool, $3.25; Frank Sherry, Hagerstown, 
$4.62; R. C. Hollinger, N. Manchester, $3.35; 
Bert Pontius, Elkhart, $5.20. Jotal, $136.94. 
Iowa. — Roy Shelby, Ollie, $19.10; Dora M. 

Heatwole, Brooklyn, $2.25. Total, $21.35. 
Kansas. — Frank Hoover, Sabetha, $6.50; Jesse 
Kikenberry, Overbrook, $2.40; W. E. Stover, 
Friend, $10.50; F. A. Vaniman, McPherson, $7. 
Total, $26.40. Maryland. — Lewis Green, New 
Windsor, $21; Annie M. Fike, Cordova, $5.55; 
J. W. Englar, New Windsor, $6.50; J. P. Hol- 
singer, Ridgely, $1.20. Total, $34.25. Michigan. 
—Mrs. Ruby Klingman, Clarksville, $10.88; J. 
W. Hoover, Sunfield, $4.24. Total, $15.12. 
Nebraska. — C. H. Price, Beatrice, $5.95; Elbert 
Rothrock, Carlisle, 50 cents; Mrs. A. P. Mussel- 
man, Arcadia, $8.25. Total, $14.70. New Mexi- 
co. — .Frank W. Gibson, Miami, $8.60. North 
Dakota. — Geo. M. Clapper, Sykeston, $9; J. K. 
Watson, York, $10; A Faithful Sunday-school, 
Kenmare, $5.12. Total, $24.12. Ohio. — Levi 
Minnich, Greenville, $9.35; Levi Stoner,' Bre- 
men, $7.11; Levi P. Good, Poland, $3.28; Clara 
A. Souders, Dawson, $10.80; E. P. Longanecker, 
Bradford, $12.85; A. B. Miller, New Madison, 
$5.75; A. J. Weimer, Brookville, $1.25; Henry 
Danterman, Portage, $3.43; Frank Blessing, 
Dayton, $22.25; Martha Thomas, Pleasant Hill, 
$18; J. H. Painter, Old Fort, $5; C. G. Erbaugh, 
New Lebanon, $3.60; Emma Keyser. Latty, $7. 
Total, $109.67. Oklahoma. — H. L. Hutchinson, 
Thomas, $15.65. Pennsylvania. — Geo. K. 
Pflazgroff, York, $1.20; H. B. Meekins, Love- 
joy, $18.96; S. N. Sherman, Bethel, $1; Mrs. 
Geo. E. Reitz, Friedens, $10.03; Wm. J. Shultz, 
Sand Patch, $1.75; Mrs. S. M. Varner, Salix, 
$1.50; H. A. Dunmire, McVeytown, $2.80; W. C. 
Huntsman, Martinsburg, 80 cents; H. B. Mil- 
ler, Shippensburg, $6.50; Chas. E. Henzey, 
Pottstown, $7; Henry S. Zug, Mt. Hope, $5.42; 
Annie H. Dick, Carlisle, 25 cents;. Total $57.21. 
Oregon. — O. M. Welch, $7.37. Virginia. — D. H. 
Smith, Mt. Solon, $3.20; J. M. Petrie, Linville 
Depot, $10; Mrs. M. Yager, Brightwood, $1.20; 
J. F Wampler, Port Republic, $8; Jos. M. 
Crabill, Woodstock, $1.15; W. L. Angle (no ad- 
dress), $4.38; J. F. Flory, Broadway, $6.75. 
Total, $34.68. Washington. — Otha Woods, 
Centralia, $33.85. 

Building Fund. 
California. — J. D. Brubaker, Hemet, $5 
Colorado. — Daisy Jones, Longmont, $5; Mrs 
J. W. Kinzie. Haxtum, $8.55. Total, $13.55 
Illinois. — L. M. Peterson, Princeton, $1; L. B 
Watson, Girard, $1; Thomas Nantkes, Nakomis 
50 cents; J. E. Gnagey, Milledgeville, $10.71 
John Heckman, Polo. $12.74; J. D. Lahman 
Franklin Grove, $200; Ogden S.-S. Chicago 
$8.07; Grandmother Wieand, Chicago, $1; J 
W. Fox, Shannon. $5; F. H. Lyon, Hudson. $32 
Total, $271.75. Indiana. — Laura Reif, Idaville 
$25; Claude Mikesel, Union City, $25 
O. K. Sink, Kappa, $12.05; C. S. Berkey 
Middlebury, $17.25; Ira Coffman, Monticello 
$25; Mr. and Mrs. H. Markly, Argos, $3 
Madge Ulrey, Goshen, $10; H. G. Bollman 
Nappanee, $9.20; Verne Stage, Arcadia, $10 
David Eikenberry, Flora, $5- C. E. Bainter 
New Paris, $25; A. Ulrey, Goshen, $5; I. L 
Berkey, Goshen, $1; J. L. and Ida Cunning- 
ham, Flora, $10; W. D. Swihart, Argos, $10 
Harry Berkey. Goshen. $1; Atta and Vesta 
Myer, Flora, $5; H. J. Moomaw, Stockport 
$33.95; Willard Anderson, Darlington, $12.25 
John Neff, New Paris, $17. lu; Sarah E. Myer 
Flora, $2; Mrs. and Mr. J. H. Martin, Goshen 
$2; C E. Mathews, Milford. $5; A. H. Bralller 
Orland, $11.80; H. F. Weybright, New Paris 
$25; J. S. dine, Markle, $25; D. Hendricks 
Bruce Lake, $5. Total, $338.10. Iowa. — G. E 
Goughnour, Ankeny, $25; E. L. West, Elkhart 
$5; S. M. Goughnour, Ankeny, $5; A. E. West 
Ankenv. $5; Clara Albright. Grundy Center, 
$10; Orlando Ogden, Unionville, $11.10; Minnie 
E Long, Clarence, $6; H. W. Coder, South 
English $36 29; Frank Glotfelty, Libertyville, 
$5; S. A. Miller, South English, $27.41. Total. 
$135 80. Kansas. — Mrs. Ella Clark, Waverly, 
$4- A Sawyer, Morrill, $18.30; J. S. Strickler, 
Ramona, $39.92; J. W. Brammel, Olathe, $2.86; 
W E. Stover, Friend, $10.50. Total, $75. 
Maryland. — Geo. W. Fouch, Weverton, $10; W. 

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"I looked for some to take pity." 

Psa.61: 20. 

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Contents for March, 1911 



A Truly Godly Woman, By the Editor .81 

The Bible in China, By Emma Horning, 82 

Our First Christmas as a Mission in China, By F. H. Crumpacker 85 

Hans Olaf Weiler, By G. B, R, 86 

Regeneration, By C. C. Eskildsen, 89 

Christmas Feast in Sindal, Denmark, By Karen M. Jorgensen. 90 

Christianity in India, By I. S. Long, 91 

The Medical Missionary Conference, By Mary N. Quinter, 93 

[ndia-Wide, Collected by A. W. Ross, .95 

Notes from India, By E. H. Eby, 97 

A Brief History of Claar Church, Pennsylvania, Facts supplied by A. A. 
Burkett, . 98 




Christmas in Africa, By Nellie A. Reed, . . 106 


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The Missionary Visitor 

Volume XIII 

March, 1911 

Number 3 


By the Editor 

In this search for workers for the for- 
eign field and constantly meeting parents 
who will not give up their children for 
the most precious privilege on earth, 
working for the Master on the foreign 
field, a letter like the following from a 
mother, is certainly soul-lifting and very 
encouraging. It reads like this: 

" January 26, 1911. 
" General Mission Board, 

"Dear Brethren : — It has long been my 
desire to write a letter to you. My sym- 
pathies have always been so strong with 
the mission work. I often read the let- 
ters of the missionaries and also the ap- 
peals for volunteers for the field and it 
calls forth such an intense feeling of re- 
gret that I cannot be one to go. 

"Now what I mostly wanted to write 
about is this. I have a son, a noble young 
man. He joined the church soon after 
fifteen. Now he is through school, State 

University of and is in his second 

year at college. We had hoped he 

would be a missionary as he was such an 
active young member while yet at home. 
I would be so glad if he could be brought 
into close touch with Mission Work of 
the church. I wish he could be per- 
suaded to go to the field." 

Contrast that with the parents who 
stand in the way of the children going, 
when the latter have the call in the heart. 

Contrast this with the father who said, 
" My son is in college preparing for mis- 
sions but I am doing all I can to turn 
him into some money making line." Con- 
trast this with the father, a minister, who 
when asked if he would let his son go, 
said he would pray over it, but in his 
heart perhaps was determined like be- 
fore, not to leave him go. 

Praise the Lord for the fathers and 
mothers who are praying God to find 
their children worthy of being called and 
who would gladly give them up for the 
Master's service in any land. Ah, how 
many fathers and mothers, whose love 
for their children is just as strong as 
these who have not given their consent, 
would be overjoyed could their children 
be found worthy. But instead of being 
humble servants of the King of kings, 
their children are today father's and 
mother's " wandering boy " out on the 
barren hills of sin, unconcerned about 
any salvation. 

Really do parents who thus stand in 
the way of their children love them truly ? 
I 'fear not. Instead of love it is parental 
selfishness and not love. For love would 
prompt to the highest and best of the 
child independent of personal good to 
themselves. Does not the mother wear 
herself out at the wash-board to put her 
son through school for the unselfish good 
of making him a more useful man in the 


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world ? If such a mother would act like 
these parents who stand in the way of 
their children doing what the Lord wants 
them to do, she would keep her son at 
home and have the satisfaction of his as- 
sociation. But no, she does not want to 
dwarf his mind, rob him of his useful- 
ness in the world and so she willingly 
gives him up. And so it is with these 
parents who with short-sighted eyes and 
self-centered hearts, perhaps more so than 
they realize, are standing in the way of 
doing what their child finds the greatest 
of service for the Master. 

Oh, that God would open the eyes of 
these blind to the great opportunities of 
service for the church in the world ! Oh, 
that our young men and young women 

only knew what was awaiting them as 
they listened to the Master's call to go, 
and went forth ! It was a man of so 
large a business experience as John 
Wanamaker, of Philadelphia, who gave 
forth this sentiment after touring the 
world field, " If young men only knew it 
there is no opportunity for making the 
most out of life, like that presented on 
the foreign mission fields of the world." 
When fathers and mothers pray daily 
the Lord of the harvest to send 
workers into His harvest field, when the 
church rises to this same privilege in 
earnest, there will be workers to go, — 
workers going and rejoicing as they go 
because they have entered God's noblest 


Emma Horning 

It is a remarkable fact that many of 
the world's great events have been ex- 
perienced on mountains. All ages and 
nations have received much inspiration 
from these mighty monuments of God's 
hands. The early history of many na- 
tions has its infant religious experience 
centering in some sacred mountain. 
Their soul's aspirations after God led 
them to the places nearest heaven, and 
they often peopled them with their gods. 
Lifted above the world's social and com- 
mercial turmoil and care they offered 
their sacrifices on these high places pray- 
ing the gods' blessing or appeasing their 
wrath. Olympus was the sacred moun- 
tain of the Greeks, the center of their 
religious life. Fuji Yama is the sacred 
mountain of Japan, the place of thou- 
sands of yearly pilgrimages. But Pal- 
estine above all places is noted for its 
sacred experiences on sacred mountains. 
On Mt. Horeb Moses saw the burning 

bush and received his commission. On 
Mt. Sinai he met God and received the 
law to govern his restless people. On 
Mt. Nebo he went to rest, tenderly cared 
for by angel hands. On a mountain in the 
Land of Moriah Abraham offered his 
sacrifice of faith. On Mt. Carmel Elijah 
offered his sacrifice of triumph while 
Ebal and Gerizim are the mounts of 
blessing and cursing. Many mountains 
are made sacred as incidents in the life 
of Christ. He often went into the moun- 
tains to pray and often taught the people 
as He sat on the mountain side. Heaven- 
ly saints met Him on Mt. Hermon where 
He was transfigured. The world's salva- 
tion centers about Mt. Calvary where He 
was crucified. Mount of Olives is ever 
made sacred as the place where His feet 
last touched this earth as the disciples 
watched Him ascend into heaven. 

This instinct to worship and offer sac- 
rifices on high places was very strong 


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among the early nations. Israel before 
the temple was built did this. Gibeon 
was the great " high place " and it is 
said Solomon offered a thousand burnt 
offerings on this altar. But their desire 
to follow the heathen nations and wor- 
ship their gods was so strong that wor- 
shiping in high places became their sin 
and God commanded them to destroy all 
such heathen places and worship God in 
the place He appointed. " Ye shall utter- 
ly destroy all the places, wherein the 
nations which ye shall possess served their 
gods, upon the high mountains, and upon 
the hills, and under every green tree : 
And ye shall overthrow their altars and 
break their pillars, and burn their groves 
with fire, and ye shall hew down the 
graven images of their gods, and destroy 
the names of them out of that place." 
Deut. 12 : 2, 3. 

All the foregoing is only too well illus- 
trated here in China and they have no 
difficulty in understanding the " high 
places," " green trees," " sacred groves," 
and " altars." In China's early history 
she once worshiped the one God of heav- 
en, offering sacrifices to Him on the 
mountain tops, but now her gods number 
by the thousands and the Emperor only 
sacrifices once a year to the God of 

You seldom see a mountain in China 
without its temple or shrine. China al- 
ways selects the most beautiful scenery 
for her temples, sunny mountain slopes, 
commanding charming views, rocky dells 
or dizzy heights. Many of such places 
are used as summer resorts for those who 
can afford to leave their homes. Many 
such places are only reached after hours 
and sometimes days of hard climbing, 
but here incense is daily offered to the 
gods. Around some of the temples are 
the sacred groves which protect them 
from being cut down as most of the for- 
ests here have been, making wood very 
scarce and dear here. Yes and there are 
plenty of gods worshiped under " green 
trees." Many times along the road you 

A Mountain Temple. 
From a Chinese Drawing. 

see the little altar under the tree, which 
makes you think of the ones God com- 
manded the Israelites to destroy. Sa- 
cred pillars, arches and shrines are seen 

Yes Ave are daily in the midst of Bible 
scenes. The rugged lay of the land here 
makes it especially easy to crown the 
high places with their places of worship. 
Scores of such places are in and close 
around this city. They are constantly 
in sight. Every hillside has its sacred 
pine trees and sacred arch close beside 
some ancestral grave. 

How often we long to destroy every 
sign of this heathen worship. How often 
we long to make every one of these tem- 
ples churches where they would worship 
the true God. But God says be patient 
and daily do My bidding and you shall 
see the Glory of the Lord among these 
people. Their hearts must be changed, 
their minds must be trained and their 


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A Gate Into a Chinese City. 

souls must be inspired. Then the wor- 
ship of the true God will replace this 
ignorant idol worship. The seed of truth 
is beginning to work in a number of 
homes and with it is coming the prom- 
ised persecution. O brethren, daily pray- 
that they may be strong and firm and re- 
ceive the blessings of the Lord. 

After reading the Bible a native said, 
" This Book must have been written by a 
Chinaman for the customs and places 
and people are just like ours." This 
striking similarity appears to one time 
and again working among these people, 
and many times it is difficult to remem- 
ber you are not in Palestine. For this 
reason Bible interpretation is often more 
easily comprehended by them than it is 
by us for the illustrations are a part of 
their daily life. 

One of the striking features when one 
enters China is the many walled cities 
and one instantly thinks of the walls of 
Jericho, the marching armies, the sound 
of trumpets, the swaying of walls, the 
tumbling rocks and the conquered city. 
Then one thinks of the walls of Jerusa- 
lem, the difficulties they had in keeping 

them repaired, how they fought from the 
top with stones and weapons of all kinds 
and how many times they were defeated 
because of their sins. The magnificent 
walls of the New Jerusalem also come to 
mind and the homely walls of stone and 
earth are transformed into jasper, emer- 
ald and all manner of precious stones 
and the narrow, dirty streets are pure 

As I was walking on the wall of this 
city this morning I came to a large gap 
in the wall which reminded me so much 
of the broken walls of Jerusalem. Yes, 
and there was the house built on the wall. 
One can almost imagine Paul stepping 
out of that window and standing in that 
basket as he was being lowered to the 
ground by his friends. I have even seen 
the rope still hanging on the wall used 
by some belated person who had failed 
to reach the gates before they were 
closed or perhaps used by some thief or 
robber — who can say? There are plenty 
of them to be sure. It is no wonder each 
home has its wall as well as the city, for 
any one does not hesitate to take any- 
thing they can lay their hands on. Their 


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only crime is in being detected and al- 
though the punishment is very severe, 
often death, still no one is trusted. Few 
even trust their best friends. 

There are many villages that are not 
walled as in Palestine but people always 
live in groups for protection and associa- 
tion. They have no beautiful country 
life like we have in America. The beau- 
ties of the country are chiefly enjoyed 
by the farmer as he daily goes to his 
fields with his hoe or hand sickle or by 
the shepherd as he wanders over the 
beautiful hills with his sheep. One can- 
not wonder that David sang so won- 
drously beautifully of green pastures, 
lovely brooks, the strength of mountains 
and r-ocks and the glory of the heavens, 
for he had a chance to see and appreciate 
what most of his fellow-men had not who 

were confined in city walls or closely 
built villages. 

The 24th Psalm of David always enters 
my mind as I near a city wall from a dis- 
tance. Each city gate has a great tower 
which lifts itself far above anything else 
in the city and these can be seen many 
miles away if in a plain, and I say : 

" Lift up your head O ye gates 
And be ye lifted up ye everlasting doors 
And the King of Glory will come in. 
Who is the King of Glory? Jehovah of 

He is the King of Glory." 

And this truly is our prayer that the 
gates of these cities may indeed be 
opened that the King of Glory may shine 
into their hearts. 

Pin? Tins: Chou, China. 


F. H. Crumpacker 

HOUGH we have been 
here now over three 
winters this is the 
first time that we have 
been in a position to 
observe the Christmas 

We had been telling 
the few inquirers 
about the approaching 
day and what it meant 
to Christians. This was just the thing 
for the Chinese since they are great on 
having feast days and special days to 
observe in special ways. We had planned 
to have a full house on that day at our 
services and in this we were not dis- 
appointed. At the time appointed the 
people came and some had come before 
the appointed time for they wanted to 

know how we observed the day. For- 
tunately for us we had with us a visiting 
missionary of several years in China and 
he was to talk to the people. This we 
all enjoyed. 

At 11 o'clock we had our first service. 
This lasted an hour or more and then we 
had food to eat. Of course it was na- 
tive make for most of the people who 
were to eat of it were natives. We had 
arranged that the men should stay at the 
church and the women would go to the 
home of Miss Horning and Miss Metz- 
ger. The food over and things properly 
arranged we again had services. This 
time it was after 3 when we began and 
after five when we were through. Again 
our house was crowded full. We two 
of us preached, the native helper mak- 
ing the opening talk and I following. 


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Ere we were done there was scarcely 
standing room in the place for others 
who wanted to come. Not exactly like 
the home audiences. There two hours 
of continued service finds the crowd 
dwindling. Here not that way. We 
closed and announced that at seven we 
would have another Li Pai, worship. We 
do not often have evening services for 
as a rule the natives do not go out much 
at night. But we had it this time and 
by this time it had been rather well an- 
nounced that we had had such big meet- 
ings that day and as a result of that or 
some other curiosity we had the house 
full again. Again the meeting lasted 
more than two hours, two of the Chris- 
tians preaching and one of the inquirers. 
Later the helper asked me to preach 
awhile. This time I refrained even 
though I do like to preach. I thought if 
I had a turn yet maybe it would be more 
than they could contain and so by telling 
them that I feared that they all seemed 

to be satisfied and thus the services of the 
day were over. 

It made a good feeling among the peo- 
ple for now they knew more here in our 
town about the birth of Christ than they 
knew before. I must say by way of addi- 
tion that the preaching was all about 
Jesus. There were no theories or ques- 
tionable theology brought in but the 
simple facts of Jesus' conception and 
birth and the meaning of it. For fear 
the reader will misunderstand let me say 
we did not exhaust these subjects. 

In all we think the effort paid, for dur- 
ing the day likely we had more than 200 
people who heard something of the mis- 
sion of Christ in the world. We are sure 
of this that the prayers of the Christian 
people at home are helpful to us over 
here. It helps the natives to know that 
people outside of our little circle are 
praying for them. It was a glorious 
Christmas in our little Mission in Ping 
Ting Chou. 


On April 15, 1850, in an humble home 
in the village of Wallosa in Skane, Swed- 
en, a little boy whom the parents chose 
to call Hans, came to brighten the home. 
He was their first born. Two years later 
a second son was born. Two years after 
this the father died and the boys never 
knew much about him and did not feel 
his help in life. The mother, a member 
of the State church, was permitted to 
help her children until Hans was four- 
teen years old when she too went over 
the river and the two boys were left to 
face the world alone. Their grandmoth- 
er took them to her home. But the loss 
of a mother was so great in Hans' life 
that while she lay a corpse he went back 
to the house every evening and cried all 
night and often after her burial he still 
spent the night there mourning her loss. 

The grandmother was very poor and her 
death followed soon. This left the boys 
to shift for themselves. There were no 
near relatives to take any interest in 

In the early part of the seventies Hans 
came to Malmo and found employment in 
the State railway shops. He was fore- 
man of the repair department for nine- 
teen years. In his spare time he gained 
a very limited education. He married at 
twenty-four but a little over a year after 
was bereft of both his wife and darling 
babe. This bereavement was another 
hard blow in the young man's life and 
had a tendency to embitter him against 
the Father of all. For like many another 
he could not understand how a loving 
Father could thus deal with any of His 
creatures. A reckless life followed, but 


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Brother and Sister 

O. Weiler. 

the Lord did not forsake him. Though 
repeatedly the wooings of the Spirit were 
felt in his life still he rejected them for 
upwards of eight years, and lived in the 
miserable throes of sin and condemna- 

In the early part of 1885 he made up 
his mind to answer the call of God. But 
he was confused as to the right way and 
decided to attend all the churches in 
Malmo and see for himself. About this 
time a young woman, Miss Amanda 
Gran, into whose company he fell, also 
came under conviction. They heard of 
Brother Hope and the message he was 
proclaiming and went to hear him. They 
attended a communion and Brother Weil- 
er was deeply impressed. Miss Gran hes- 
itated and the subject rested, but for a 
time. For soon she said "It is enough," 
and on July 8, 1885, both were baptized. 
The following October 10 they were 
united in marriage. They at once showed 
such zeal in the Master's work that in 
August, 1885, Hans was appointed to the 
deaconship. Later in 1888 he was elected 
to the ministry and 1891 to the bishopric. 

They continued to make their home in 
Malmo until 1891 when the Railway 
company wishing to make some impor- 
tant extensions to their system in north- 
ern Sweden in the part called Norrland 
selected Brother Weiler as one of several 
trusted employees to do this work. Thus 
he moved with his family now consisting 
of three children to Lulea. No brethren 
at this place. His love for the cause 
prompted him to rent a hall and conduct 
services every Sunday. On one occasion 
a man by the name of Z. N. Andersson 
was present and said at the close, " I 
have been praying for a people who be- 
lieve as you have declared today. The 
Lord has sent you here in answer to my 
prayer." He and his wife and others 
were baptized until a congregation of 
some thirty were gathered into the fold. 

Failing health on the part of Sister 
Weiler compelled them to return to Mal- 
mo in 1894 where they remained until 
1898, when at the suggestion of Brother 
A. W. Vaniman they were moved to 
Stockholm. The field was new and dif- 
ficult but he never tired in his efforts of 

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seeking the lost and a small congregation 
was established. In 1903 he was given 
permission to change his location and 
moved to Landskrona where he was sta- 
tioned until God called him home. 

By his second marriage eight children 
were born, six of whom with the mother 
survive to mourn his loss. Elizabeth is 
a young sister, in America for some four 
or five years, pursuing a course of study 
at Lordsburg College. To her is the 
writer indebted for much of the informa- 
tion given here. One son is earning his 
way through school at the State Univer- 
sity at Stockholm. He is preparing him- 
self for a literary life. The other four, 
three sons and one daughter, are with the 
mother in the home, each son engaged 
in bread winning. Two of the sons are 
members of the Brethren and last Sep- 
tember Maria, the youngest, thirteen 
years old was also received into the 
church. These we met last summer, save 
Elizabeth and were much impressed with 
their spirit of helpfulness and ideals of 

F. Johansson, secretary of the mission 
board in Sweden, has this to sav about 
Brother Weiler : " From 1892 to 1895 
he received a partial support from the 
church; after that a full support. He 
was a zealous worker, not only in his 
preaching but much more in tract distri- 
bution and to win people individually. 
True to the end, may it be said of him 
that he turned his talents to account. He 
loved God and the church more than any 
other thing. Very often he spoke about 
the loved Brotherhood, about the dear 
brethren and sisters in America and said 
about them, ' May God bless them rich- 
ly.' True, he had his temptations, but 
we all have our trying moments ; our 
faith must be tried and strengthened. 
How often do we pray, ' strengthen our 
faith ' but when the time comes, we are 

very often ready to draw away from it. 
Our dear brother's last moments were 
very silent. He fell asleep and it was 
over. We cannot speak to him any more 
until the resurrection. May we all be 
ready to answer when the Lord calls us." 

Brother Weiler never had a strong 
constitution and yet he was sick little in 
his lifetime. Heart disease of some kind 
developed at an early period of his life 
and was the fatal enemy at the close. In- 
deed death came so suddenly that the 
children could not be gathered together 
to witness the close. There were no 
" last words " but quietly he closed life 
Dec. 14, 1910. His body was interred in 
the churchyard at Landskrona. Bishop 
A. Andersson of Limhamn, the oldest 
minister in Sweden, conducted the funer- 
al services using for his text John 11 : 23, 
" Jesus said unto her, Thy brother shall 
rise again." 

Brother and Sister Weiler worked 
hand in hand in the Lord's vineyard. At 
the love feast in Limhamn, Sept. 11, 1910, 
never-to-be-forgotten in the lives of those 
who were permitted to attend, both were 
present. Brother Weiler spoke briefly 
and sympathetically in the day service. 
At the communion while we were wash- 
ing each others' feet as the Lord has com- 
manded Sister Weiler stood and in most 
pathetic words urged every one to faith- 
fulness. Little did we realize that even- 
ing how soon our brother would be called 
from us. Much less did she who thus 
exhorted us, forecast God's tenderness in 
taking her bosom companion to Himself 
in glory. And it is not to be wondered at 
that she should write to the Board and 
ask to hold her station, giving as her rea- 
son " If I cannot work for Jesus I cannot 
live." What a blessing it would be if all 
who profess Christ were like minded ! 

G. B. R. 


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By C. C. Eskildsen, Bishop of the Vensyssel 
Church of the Brethren, Hjorring, Denmark 


E sprinkling a child, is a 
doctrine which i s 
taught and believed 
in Denmark. And how 
many have lived and 
died in that faith is 
not easy to tell. They 
take as a basis for that 
doctrine John 3 and 
Titus 3 : 5. Now if 
what they say is the truth it is no wonder 
that people hasten to get their little chil- 
dren sprinkled for thereby they believe 
they have a Christian babe instead of a 
pagan one. Indeed this is an apt way to 
make a Christian ! 

But is there not reason to doubt this to 
be the right understanding of the pas- 
sages ? It does not read " the washing of 
regenerating " but the " washing of re- 
generation." John 3 they often like to 
read this way : " Except a man be born 
again — of water and the Spirit, he can- 
not enter into the kingdom of God." Yet 
that reading we do not find right. It is 
first said " be born again " and then " be 
born of water, and of the Spirit." John 
3:3, 5. Jesus, our dear Savior, said, 
" The wind bloweth where it listeth, and 
thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst 
not tell whence it cometh, and whither it 
goeth : so is every one that is born of the 

O, what a grace from God to be " re- 
generated unto a lively hope " ! Simon 
(sorcerer) was surely legally baptized but 
had he really been regenerated he would 
not have wanted to buy the Holy Spirit 
with money. It is joyous and safe to act 
according to the old rule : to hear the 
Gospel preached and by the grace of God 

believe in Jesus our dear Savior, repent 
and be baptized, and receive God's Holy 
Spirit. " He will guide you into all 
truth." This is the sure way for " to be 
in all holy conversation and godliness." 
But all this is by the grace of God, for 
■' no man can come to Jesus except the 
Father which sent Him, draw Him." 

It is often discouraging to the true dis- 
ciple of Jesus to s£e so many keep so 
close to the order of men. It is far bet- 
ter to hearken to the words of Jesus 
which teaches us, " If ye love me, keep 
my commandments" John 14:15. 

I know that the Visitor is largely cir- 
culated in the world. And if this little 
article can be of some good use for any 
one the aim is reached. We will then 

Come join the army of the Lord 
And go with us to heaven. 
The crown of justice there you shall 
From God for sure receive. 

The writer, a faithful bishop, has 
grown old in the service of Jesus. Last 
summer the Editor and his wife visited 
him and his wife in their home, ate at 
their table, anointed the sister' with oil in 
the name of the Lord, mingled our voices 
in song, praise and prayer, and wept over 
the work in Israel. Bro. Eskildsen came 
down to Bronderslev a few days later 
and we went with him to the train. 
From the window, with tear-filled eyes he 
said as his last words, "Bro. Rover, I am 
old and worn out. Send some one from 
Ameria to help us." Could I have photo- 
graphed that face, those tears, and cap- 
tured that broken voice as he pled, the 
church in America would understand 
why the Board is so eager for some one 
in this field. Who will go? 


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Karen M. Jorgensen 

N January sixth, 
which is here named 
the Holy Three Kings 
day, our Sunday- 
school Christmas 
feast was held. 
We had deco- 
rated the hall very 
nicely with evergreen 
and made a motto 
which was placed on 
the wall, with the joyful words : " Unto 
you is born a Savior." This made the 
room very beautiful and was a joy to the 

The Lord had favored us with very 
nice weather. When the time came more 
than fifty children, some of them with 
their parents, came to the service, — the 
whole number present was more than 
seventy. We tried to get the very best 
out of the evening. The service began 
with prayer and song. Then we had a 
discourse on the day's significance, of 
the tender love of our Heavenly Father 
and of the wonderful salvation found in 
His Dear Son, who was born and lived 
and died that as many of us as are faith- 
ful like the wise virgins might have eter- 
nal life and joy and eternal happiness. 

This being over, chocolate and cakes 
were served. Then our cup of joy 
seemed to be almost ready to overflow 
when we began to distribute to every 
child a little present. These presents 
consisted of stockings, mittens, aprons, 
handkerchiefs and a few received New 
Testaments. Thus the evening was 
spent. Some thought that the evening 
would not soon be forgotten. 

" Cast thy bread upon the waters for 

thou shalt find it after many days. Give 
a portion to seven, yea, even unto eight. 
Eccles. 11:1-2. Yes, here the harvest 
truly is plenteous, but the laborers are 
few, as the Savior said. Who will come 
over here and help us? 

May God bless the entire Brotherhood, 
that in her homes many sons and daugh- 
ters may grow up with the one needful 
thing in their lives and constantly in 
view. May they strive to win the many 
precious souls to Christ, who now live in 
bondage to sin. If one is saved it is 
worth more than all the treasures of 
earth and the reward will be great in 
eternity. Beloved in the Lord, pray for 

The Brethren Home, Sindal, Denmark. 

" Lord, send us forth among Thy fields 
to work ! 
Shall we for words and names con- 
tending be, 
Or lift our garments from the dust 
we see, 
And all the noonday heat and burden 

The fields are white for harvest; shall 
we stay 
To find a bed of roses for the night, 
And watch the far-off cloud that 
comes to sight, 
Lest it should burst in showers upon 

our way? 
Fling off thy thoughts of golden ease 
and weed 
A corner of thy Master's vineyard, too. 
The harvest of the world is great, indeed, 
O Jesus ; 
The laborers are few." 


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I. S. Long 

origin in India i s 
somewhat obscure. 
Early traditions, usu- 
ally accepted by the 
Catholics, connect it 
with the Apostle 
Thomas, who is said 
to have preached in 
Southern India and 
died, being a martyr, 
about the year 68 A. D., near Madras. 
The greater likelihood, however, is that 
the labors of St. Thomas were confined 
to Persia, Afghanistan, and the basins 
of Upper Oxus, Indus, and the Ganges, 
for the term " India," as used by the 
Fathers, seems to comprise the above 
area. That the traditions may not al- 
ways be reliable may be inferred from 
the Chaldean Breviary of the Malabar 
church which says, " By St. Thomas 
were the Chinese and Ethiopians con- 
verted to the truth ;" and an equally an- 
cient anthem proclaims "The Hindus, the 
Chinese, the Persians, and all the people 
of the Isles of the Sea . . . call 
Thomas to remembrance, and adore Thy 
name, O Thou our Redeemer." 

About the year 190 A. D., owing to cer- 
tain rumors concerning the Christians 
living on the Malabar coast, South India, 
Pantaenus, a one-time Stoic philosopher 
of Alexandria, but now a very zealous 
Christian scholar, started for India. On 
his arrival he found Christians to whom 
St. Bartholomew had preached, and the 
Gospel of Matthew in Hebrew left by 
said apostle. But no matter who the first 
Christian missionary to India was, there 
are clear evidences_ that Christianity had 
reached Malabar before the end of the 
second century. 

From the fifth to the fifteenth century 
the Christianity of Asia is known to have 
been of the faith of Nestorius. And the 
first clear accounts of Christianity in 
South India show that it also belonged 
to this Syrian type. From their first ap- 
pearance in local history these Indian 
Christians obeyed bishops from Persia, 
of the Nestorian type. About the seventh 
century the Persian church had adopted 
the name of " Thomas Christians," a 
title that would cling to all people of that 
sect. So, whether based on truth or 
fiction, the legends of St. Thomas found 
a place in the hearts of not only Chris- 
tians but of Mohammedans and Hindus 
as well, for in India the burial place of a 
" saint " in time becomes sacred alike to 
all classes. 

What little is known of Christianity in 
India in the first centuries shows that it 
was of a very inferior grade. It seems 
to have had the form without the power 
of the truth. At times it lapsed into a 
mixture of Christianity, Mohammedan- 
ism and Hinduism, for all worshiped at 
one shrine, and the Christians even con- 
founded the names of Christ and Thorn 
as. Later in history these St. Thomas 
Christians became powerful soldiers, a 
great military caste, and enjoyed all the 
rights of nobility. About the beginning 
of the sixteenth century the Portuguese 
found them well organized and under 
spiritual leaders, bishops, archdeacons 
and priests, who acted as their represent- 
atives in dealing with the Indian princes. 

It was these Portuguese Jesuit mis- 
sionaries who became the real cause of 
the overthrow of the Nestorian faith in 
India and of the partial conversion of the 
whole mass of Christians to Catholicism, 
for they came with wonderful proselyt- 


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ing energy. In their eyes the Nestorian 
faith was such a heresy as to call down 
their righteous wrath upon it. They 
felt they had a Divine call to incorporate 
the whole body of them into the Church 
of Rome, — which thing in part they did, 
whether by confiscation of property, by 
imprisonment, by compelling the native 
princes to persecute the Christian com- 
munities, or by preventing any Persian 
bishops from landing on the west coast 
of India. 

At present these people are divided in- 
to two sections, — the Syrian Catholics 
and the Jacobites, — each being distinct 
from the other. The former acknowl- 
edge the supremacy of the Pope and his 
vicars-apostolic. The latter condemn 
equally the errors of the Nestorians and 
the bishops of Rome. And while the 
Jacobites are otherwise very like the Ro- 
man Catholics in worship, both they and 
the Syrian Catholics keep themselves dis- 
tinct from the Catholics of the Latin rite 
converted direct from heathenism. These 
two bodies of people number a few hun- 
dred thousand and today are quite influ- 

The Portuguese Jesuit missionaries 
were a very earnest set of men, and just 
as Portugal hoped to conquer India and 
make it a Portuguese dependent, so her 
missionaries undertook to convert all 
India. In the course of events the rival- 
ry of Portugal, Denmark, France and 
England in the effort to gain territory in 
India, the usual brutality of the Western 
soldier, etc., etc., all produced quite a re- 
version on the part of the Indian for the 
Westerner. But even without this bad 
influence the Jesuits had not properly 
grasped the enormity of the undertaking 
before them. However, many of these 
Jesuit missionaries were a great success, 
among which number is found the name 
of St. Xavier. They became in those 
days perfect Indians in all secular mat- 
ters, dress, food, etc., and had equal suc- 
cess among all classes, high and low. 

As time advanced the " Jesuits worked 

to a large extent by means of industrial 
settlements. Many of their stations con- 
sisted of regular agricultural communi- 
ties, with lands and a local jurisdiction 
of their own. Indeed both in town and 
country, conversion went hand in hand 
with attempts at improved husbandry, 
or with training in some mechanical art." 
As a result the church became compara- 
tively independent and wealthy: and al- 
though today the Catholic church is not 
self-propagating, it is clearly farther on 
in this effort than any other body of 
Christians in India. 

Space forbids our telling how rapidly 
at times people flocked into the church, 
or the narration of any miracles said to 
have been performed by these very zeal- 
ous missionaries, and of their oft desire 
to die martyrs to the faith. Today there 
are more Catholics than Protestants in 
India and that church is a very progress- 
ive people. We might well wish that 
Protestants were as zealous for their 
Lord as the Catholics are for their 

The first Protestant missionaries were 
the Lutherans — Ziegenbalg and Plut- 
schau — who, in 1705, under the patron- 
age of the Danish king, began work in 
the Tranquebar District, South India. 
Ziegenbalg and many of those early mis- 
sionaries were men of rare ability and 
learning and they did wonders in both 
evangelistic and literary work. In 1750 
the pious Schwartz, the founder of the 
famous Tinnevelli mission, arrived in 
India. This great man's name is bound 
up with the work of the Tanjore Dis- 
trict till 1798, when he died. 

Next in the succession come the Ser- 
ampore trio — '£arey, Marshman and 
Ward. The Lutheran missionaries had 
done some little translation in the Scrip- 
tures ; but it was the Serampore trio who 
are forever illustrious for their transla- 
tion of the sacred Scriptures and other 
literary work in the vernaculars. Within 
a few years the Scriptures were trans- 
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thirty-one different languages. In addi- 
tion to this in about twenty years these 
missionaries had won 700 converts to 
the faith. 

Soon after, followed Henry Martyn 
and other Church of England chaplains. 
Then among educators of the first rank 
of all countries are found the names of 
Dr. Duff, of Calcutta, and Dr. Wilson, 
of Bombay, each doing a remarkable 
work in his own way. 

If the complete story of the worthies 
that have followed in the train of the 
above were to be written, like Paul we 
would have to say, " What shall I say 

more? For the time will fail me if I tell 
of Gideon," etc., etc. For who does not 
know something of Scudder, of Cham- 
berlain, of Mitchell, Murdock, etc., men 
whose names are on the roll of honor 
for all time ? And in conclusion, by your 
much prayer and the mercy of God may 
the Brethren mission fill that larger and 
yet larger place she deserves to fill in the 
evangelization of India's millions. For 
in view of our desire to teach all our 
precious Lord has commanded, we have 
the assurance of His presence unto the 
end of the age. 
Pimpalner, India. 


Mary N. Quinter 

HE third Annual Med- 
ical Missionary Con- 
ference has recently 
closed a four days' 
session at Battle 
Creek, Mich. In re- 
sponse to the kindly 
invitation of Dr. J. H. 
Kellogg, not only 
medical missionaries, 
but some others as 
well were welcomed to the sanitarium 
and were entertained during the days of 
the conference. A right royal welcome 
it was and well was it appreciated. 

The conference was international and 
interdenominational. And not only was 
it a joy to sit and listen to the veterans 
who came from years of service in far 
away lands, tell of their experiences, of 
difficulties overcome and of successes 
won, but to meet these men and women 
face to face and heart to heart, to make 
friends with them, — this joy was also 
ours. And henceforth even though we 
have rejoiced in the triumphs of the Cross 

everywhere, yet there will be a new in- 
terest and a new joy as we see the names 
of those whose faces we learned to rec- 
ognize and whose hearts we learned to 
know at the Battle Creek Conference. 

From China, north, south and west, 
from Korea, from Japan, from Siam, 
from the Philippines, from all parts of 
India, and Burmah, from Arabia, from 
Persia, from Turkey, from Egypt, from 
the Congo, from British East Africa, 
from West Africa, from South America, 
and from the West Indies, from the 
corners of the earth were met together 
the men and women who had gone to 
carry healing for the body and life for 
the soul. 

Dr. Greene who has seen fifty-two 
years of service in Turkey, Dr. Robert 
H. Nassau who spent a half century in 
Africa, Dr. Shepard, also a veteran from 
Turkey, Bishop Thoburn, who saw fifty 
years in India, Mrs. Headlands who was 
in Pekin twenty-one years and was 
court' physician to the Empress Dow- 
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place among medical missionaries of 
India, — these and many others worthy of 
mention told us how doors have been 
opened, ways have been made and souls 
won for Christ by the ministry of the 
healing service of the " beloved physi- 

The Clock Strikes Twelve in Sinnim, 
or the Hour of Supreme Opportunity in 
China, by Dr. F. F. Tucker, How Medi- 
cal Mission Work Opened a Province, by 
Dr. P. H. Lerrigo of the Philippines, 
Medical Work for Women in India, by 
Dr. Mary R. Noble, Work among the 
Lepers of India, by Dr. Carleton, Twenty 
Years in Korea, by Dr. Posetta Hall, — 
these are a few of the topics discussed. 
Informal discussions of such topics as 
How to Do Hospital Work Without a 
Hospital, Care and Treatment of Tropi- 
cal Diseases, Malaria, Tuberculosis in the 
Tropics, — enlightened us as to the diffi- 
culties of the pioneer work in many of the 
fields and presented practical methods 
by which success had been attained in 
trying circumstances. By the roadside, 
in the jungle, the village hut, and other 
like places, operations were performed 
which meant new life to body and soul. 
Many patients have become helpers and 
workers in the native churches. Hos- 
pitals have been built and presented to 
mission workers who relieved pain and 
saved life. Every story told us evi- 
denced the fact that wherever the Gospel 
has gone, it has meant " Life " and 
"Life abundant." A bright young girl 
in an India orphanage was found to be 
tainted with leprosy and was taken to a 
mission asylum for lepers. She was al- 
most inconsolable as she realized the fate 
awaiting her. She was gradually led into 
the work of trying to cheer and brighten 
the lives of these sad women. Some 
months later she opened her heart to the 
missionary in charge, saying, " When I 
came in here I did not believe there was 
a God. I thought there could not be a 
God or there would not be such hopeless 
suffering, but now I thank God every 

day that he made me a leper, so that I 
may help these suffering ones." 

As the message has gone to the lepers 
— the message of love has been a sur- 
prise to the poor, despised, hopeless suf- 
ferers of the orient. Cursed as they are 
on every hand, it is hard for them to be- 
lieve that there lived once in this world 
of ours One who loved the leper, and 
that there still live those who with His 
love in their hearts are willing to minis- 
ter to those who suffer. 

A young man in Central India having 
been healed and led to faith through his 
healing, went out to tell his people of the 
Christ story. As he was telling of the 
love of Christ one day, the witch doctor 
of the village came up and was about to 
shoot the young preacher, having drawn 
his bow, when the young man seeing it 
quickly caught him in his arms and hold- 
ing him closely, said, " If you must shoot 
me, you must wait till I tell you of the 
Christ, then you may shoot." The story 
was told, the man listened, the bow 
dropped from his hands and he said, 
" Tell it again. Tell me more." 

From all lands comes the same story. 
Our Christ is the world's Savior. Whole 
bodies and saved souls are found where 
in the name of the Great Physician suf- 
fering bodies and sorrowing hearts have 
been comforted and healed. 

There was not one note of discourage- 
ment, not one suggestion of retreat from 
the field, but the dominant note was love, 
love of the service and love of souls. Lis- 
ten to these words from one of the ad- 
dresses, and as they were spoken, every 
heart said "Amen " to the thought : " I 
would rather serve Christ and win souls 
for Him, than to serve his majesty the 
king at a handsome salary." This one 
thought was supreme — the helping of 
the body for the soul's sake. Reader, are 
you a physician ? Are your hands skilled 
in easing pain? Is your heart filled with 
the love of Him who " went about the vil- 
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among the people " ? Would you not like 
to put your life where the pain is the 
greatest and where there is the greatest 
need ? Open your ears and they will hear 
the sighs and the groans of the suffering 
ones. " Suffering: at home " do I hear 

you say? But the healers here are many 
and there they are few and in many a 
district none at all. Who will hear? 
Who will go? Whose will be the joy and 
the blessing of this sweetest of all min- 
istries ? You may have it if you will. 


Collected by A. W. Ross 

HAT Christ has won 
the admiration of 
many in India is seen 
from the constant 
words of praise and 
honor to Him from 
all classes. Kings and 
reformers, religious 
teachers and laity 
alike unite in calling 
Him holy and many 
even pronounce Him the Incarnate God. 

The Syrian Christian Community of 
South India has at last awakened to its 
responsibility. Two young men of uni- 
versity education have decided " to go " 
and the Syrians have decided to support 
them. The significance of this is great 
when we consider that the Syrians are 
ahead of any other Christian community 
in India in intellectual ability and in re- 

Human sacrifice in India still exists, 
though rarely attempted. Not long since 
five Brahmins stole a little Brahmin girl, 
and taking her to a secluded ravine 
lashed her with knives till the blood 
flowed into the sacrificial cup. After 
the rites were over the child's body was 
wrapped in a white cloth and thrown in- 
to a ravine near by. The perpetrators 
were caught, and the leading Sadu sen- 
tenced to transportation for life. 

In Tinnevely District, at the extreme 

southern end of India, one in twenty is a 
Christian and in one taluka one in six 
is a Christian. 

In the adjoining Native State of Tra- 
vancore one-fourth of the entire popu- 
lation is Christian, composed very large- 
ly af the Syrian Christians. 

During 1909 the Baptist Mission had 
an increase of nearly , 2,000 converts. 
One station reports over 200 converts 
from the Sudra caste. 

Twenty-three million in Central Asia 
without the Gospel is the verdict of Dr. 
Zwemer, in his comprehensive article in 
the Missionary Review of the World. 
Several strong missions on the border in 
India are preparing to enter this large 
but most difficult field. 

Among the educated Hindus the ques- 
ion of " child marriage " and " enforced 
widowhood " are discussed pro and con. 
Some who are- open to things noble and 
high boldly condemn them, while others, 
through bigotry and false patriotism, 
laud them as the noblest of institutions. 

The Gaekwir of Baroda has taken the 
lead in compulsory education. Even in 
his most backward talukas, Vyara and 
Songhad, he has succeeded in establish- 
ing about 125 schools, largely taught by 
the graduates of the boarding schools, 
he has conducted at Vyara and Songhad 
for a number of years. 

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undermining the moral and religious 
status of the people is clearly evident 
and causing no small amount of concern 
to all classes. Consequently the Hindus 
and the Mussulmans are endeavoring to 
offset the influence by establishing pri- 
vate schools and colleges, in which they 
will teach the tenets of their respective 

That the National Missionary Society 
is gaining strength is seen from the fol- 
lowing: During the five years 300 
branches have been formed and the 
monthly income of the society has risen to 
Rs. 700 ($230). Eleven men of univer- 
sity education and eleven others have 
been sent out into five language areas for 
work. They have gathered 450 Chris- 
tians, and now have enrolled about 1,000 
catechumens. Its various journals in six 
different languages have over 7,000 sub- 
scribers, and the work of the society is 
winning the love and sympathy of native 
and foreigner alike. All candidates are 
asked to forego a part of the salary they 
had been receiving. One medical mis- 
sionary is now receiving 40 per cent less 
than he did when in government employ. 

Rev. Howells, of the Baptist Society, 
is succeeding in reestablishing the Ser- 
ampore College, which was founded in 
1818 by Carey, Marshman and Ward. It 
is intended to make it the school for all 
India for the higher education of the 
Christian community and along with the 
courses in sciences and arts is a strong 
course in theology. Eight to ten schol- 
arships are offered to students desirous 
of studying for the Christian ministry. 

The native woman in India who de- 
clines marriage subjects herself to the 
scorn and ridicule of the public. Lately 
a young maiden, through the encourage- 
ment of her father, has decided to extend 
her education in view of preparing her- 
self for uplifting her Indian sisters. 
Daily her father conducts her to the col- 
lege, and both are openly ridiculed by the 

people, some of them posing as respect- 
able people. What a contract to the 
honor paid by people and potentates to 
Florence Nightingale, the friend of the 
suffering ! 

The " Untouchable Made Touchable " 
is the heading of an article in a late 
Epiphany, giving an account of a low 
caste man being initiated into the ranks 
of high caste. He now wears the sacred 
thread. The affair took place in Hyder- 
abad in the presence of some 300 per- 
sons. The writer in conclusion says : 
" The so-called depressed classes should 
be restored to decent humanity. The 
orthodox people are a curse to the reli- 
gion of Hinduism, for their views are so 
narrow-minded and selfish that they 
would rather touch a dog or a pig, which 
are said to be unclean, but they would 
never touch a fellow India being of theirs 
upon whom they look with derision." 

Another writer says regarding " Tem- 
ple Girls " thus : " The institution of 
dancing girls is a pernicious system. It 
has demoralized Hindu society. Many 
in this town are ruined by them. They 
have the faces of angels but hearts of 
devils. Our Hindu temples have become 
hotbeds of vice by these creatures. The 
temples, instead of becoming places of 
pure worship, have become brothels. I 
am a Hindu, I deplore the state of my 
religion. . . . Will not many Hin- 
dus rise to drive away these dangerous 
creatures from the temples ? " 

At a National Congress held not long 
ago in North India, the only woman 
speaker was a Christian ; moreover, she 
was not merely the only woman, she was 
also, as it happened, the only Christian 
who took a prominent part in the Con- 
gress ; all the other leaders were men 
and non-Christians. One of the strong- 
est apologetics for Christianity in India 
today is the small but magnificent band 
of Indian Christian women, the fact that 
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possible lives such as that of the late 
Miss Lilavati Singh, vice-principal of the 
first Women's College to be founded in 
India, and of her still more famous com- 
patriot, Pandita Ramabai, who has gath- 

ered round her, near Poona, 1,500 wid- 
ows, whom she has rescued from lives 
of misery and organized into a marvel- 
ously successful industrial colony. — 
Christian Patriot. 


E. H. Eby 

Vuli is a veritable beehive of activity. 
Not only are the farmers busy guarding 
their growing crops, but every one not 
thus employed is helping on the repair 
and building work. The bungalow is be- 
ing enlarged to accommodate two fam- 
ilies. The present one is being also re- 
paired and improved — this being made 
necessary so soon because of insufficient 
means at time of building. The superin- 
tendence of the farm and building work, 
along with dispensing of medicine and 
care of the sick of the village has kept 
Bro. and Sister Lichty more than ordina- 
rily busy, and with all this they do not 
neglect their duties as pastor of the 

It is a matter for very great thankful- 
ness that the Vali church has organized 
an evangelistic band which has as its 
object the reaching of all the surround- 
ing villages with the gospel message, by 
volunteer preachers. 

This work of evangelization will be 
augmented by the village teachers con- 
ducting each two or three Sunday- 
schools in the different villages each Sun- 
day. Thus we hope to reach regularly 

and effectively a large number of Vil- 
lages. We want to remember always 
that " it is not by might or by power, but 
by my Spirit saith the Lord," so we count 
on the prayers of the church at home to 
make possible the powerful working of 
the Spirit in conviction of sinners and 
also the sanctification of all believers. 

The village night schools are nearly 
broken up at present owing to the fact 
that everybody, old and young is kept 
in the fields day and night to protect the 
crops from animals and birds, to say 
nothing of thieves. 

It is expected that the next District 
Meeting of India will be held in the Vali 
church Feb. 27 to March 2. They 
ask for the special and faithful prayers 
of the church at home in behalf of the 
meetings to be held in connection with 
District Meeting proper, that they may 
be directed and empowered by the Holy 
Spirit and that the church in India may 
be cleansed and set apart for service. 
May many prayers ascend for the speak- 
ers and also for all who will hear. To 
Him be all the praise. Amen. 


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Facts Supplied by Brother A. A. Burkett 

R E D E R I C K 
CLAAR'S ancestors 
came from Germany. 
H i s father, Henry 
Claar, an aunt, his 
grand father and 
grandmother emi- 
grated from Two 
Bridge, Germany, to 
America in about 
1750. The voyage 
was an unlucky one. Both grandparents 
died on the ocean. The father and aunt 
landed at Baltimore and were sold as 
galley slaves for their transportation 
charges. They were parted never to see 
each other again. Henry married Mar- 
garet Clay, a close relative of Henry 
Clay, and in some way found his way to 
Bedford, Pennsylvania, and took up his 
residence there. 

At this place Brother Frederick Claar 
for whom the Claar church was named, 
was born on October 30, 1780. October 
26, 1800 he married Christena Walter 
and died March 2, 1864. This same year 
in which he was married he moved to 
the place on which the Upper Claar 
churchhouse now stands and which is 
yet known as the old Claar homestead. 
This was then a wilderness. Being a 
blacksmith by trade he soon had a shop 
erected and some land cleared. 

Brother Claar was a poor man so far 
as this world's goods were concerned, 
but chose rather to lay up his treasures 
in heaven where they perish not. He was 
not raised in our faith, but both himself 
and wife were Bible readers, and hearing 
about our church he soon found Brethren 
and commenced having preaching serv- 
ices in his home. Elders Levi Roberts, 

Martin Miller and others held regular 

In 1816 both husband and wife united 
with the church. Others soon followed 
and it was not long until their house be- 
came too small to accommodate the pub- 

As is always the case when such con- 
ditions prevail the brethren began to cast 
about for a more commodious building. 
The cause of Christ was in their hearts. 
With zeal so characteristic of these early 
brethren it was decided to build a church- 
house. Bro. Claar gave the site for the 
house and also for a cemetery. During 
the summer of 1851 the church was built. 
Frederick Claar, Jacob Claar and George 

Burial Place of Frederick Claar. 


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Upper Claar Church as It Now Stands. 

Lingenfelter were the first trustees. Reg- 
ular services were held in the new church 
every four weeks, — this being a part of 
the Yellow Creek congregation. Most 
of the preaching was supplied from the 
parent church, some of the most promi- 
nent of the ministers being Elders Jacob 
Miller, John Holsinger and others. The 
usual custom was to come on Saturday, 
hold services Saturday evening and again 
on Sunday morning. In this congrega- 
tion in 1853 Brother James Quinter held 
his first debate with Joseph Lichtner. 

The growth of the congregation was 
not so rapid and yet it was of a steady 
nature. For a number of years no love 
feasts were held in this church, the house 
being too small for the purpose. Finally 
in 1867 a love feast was held but the 
house proved too small. During the 
summer and winter of 1868 the house 
was enlarged. Love feasts were now reg- 
ularly held, each year and sometimes 
twice per year. 

It was not until the winter of 1871-72 
that the first series of meetings was 
held, Brethren Stephen Hildebrand and 
James A. Sell doing the preaching. From 
this time forward the church became 
more active. Protracted meetings be- 

came more frequent. In the winter of 
1876 Brother J. W. Wilt held a series of 
meetings which resulted in a great many 
accessions. In the spring of 1877 Broth- 
er Wilt became the first pastor of the 
church and during the same spring he 
organized the first Sunday-school. This 
Sunday-school has been held every year 
since that time. 

Prior to this time no ministers had 
been elected at this place. The following 
with the years of the election have been 
selected for this sacred office : Michael 
Claar, 1877, advanced in 1879; F. C. 
Dively 1880, advanced 1893; James D. 
Brumbaugh 1885, advanced in 1890; 
A. I. Claar and J. C. Claar 1889, ad- 
vanced in 1893. Michael Claar, A. . I. 
Claar and F. C. Dively were all three or- 
dained to the eldership in 1898, Michael 
Claar being the presiding elder. Presid- 
ing elders prior to 1898 were Jacob Mil- 
ler, John S. Holsinger, J. B. Replo- 
gle and J. L. Holsinger. The presiding 
elders following after Michael Claar were 
A. I. Claar and James A. Sell, the pres- 
ent elder. 

On September 25, 1886, the congrega- 
tion was separated from Yellow Creek 


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and Woodbury and was named the Claar 
congregation in honor of Frederick 
Claar, founder and father of the church. 
At the time of the separation the officiat- 
ing ministers were Jacob Miller, J. B. 
Replogle and J. A. Sell. 

As time went on and the church in- 
creased in numbers, the old original 
house of worship became too small. A 
new and commodious house, known as 
the Lower Claar house was built about 
one and one-half miles east of the orig- 
inal house and was completed in 1891. 
The old house was getting very old, but 
the spot where it stood was too sacred 
in memory to leave. Near by were sleep- 
ing the old church fathers and many that 
were near and dear. In 1892 a new 
churchhouse, known as the Upper Claar 
church, was built at this place. Soon 
again this house was too small for the 
large crowds that would gather and in 
1908 an addition was built, and was ded- 
icated August 2, 1908, Brother M. C. 
Swigart conducting the services. Serv- 
vices are held alternately at the Upper 
and Lower houses. The church also 
owns an interest in a union chapel at 
Poplar Run about three miles away. 
Brethren J. W. Wilt, O. S. Corle and D. 
M. Adams have served as pastors at this 
place. Elders A. I. Claar and F. C. Dive- 
ly are the present ministers. The present 
membership is about two hundred. Very 
little opposition is manifest, the other 
denominations all being willing to lend 
a helping hand and have very materially 
assisted in erecting all of the church- 

This is the history in brief of one of 
our older congregations. With a mem- 
bership of two hundred, many of them 
being young, what will this church not 
be able to accomplish in the next years 
for the Master ! For the souls about 
them, for the mission work in their own 
District and for the mission work in con- 
nection with the great scheme of world- 
wide redemption, can we not hope for 
great results? 


Millennial Daivnism in Gospel Light. 

Perhaps from the angle of its subtlety 
Eve met no greater foe than the Chris- 
tian church today must meet in an ism 
known as Millennial Dawn. It presses 
its claims of error under the garb of 
truth, hiding its false doctrines not be- 
tween the lids of books, but in the deeper 
recesses of the chapters in the book, so 
that having secured the confidence of its 
readers by that which has a strong sem- 
blance of sound teaching, it boldly leads 
them into the dark avenues of error be- 
fore the innocent are aware of unbelief 
and sin. 

It was left to I. M. Haldeman of New 
York City to see the awfulness of the 
doctrine promulgated, — " a blasphemous 
religion which teaches the annihilation 
of Christ " and to send forth a pamphlet 
bristling full of sharp points directed 
against this arch enemy of true Christian- 
ity. The pamphlet contains eighty pages, 
published by Charles C. Cook, New 
York, and may be had by addressing 
Brethren Publishing House, Elgin, Illi- 
nois. Price, postpaid 20 cents. 

Crusaders of the Twentieth Century. 

Is a splendidly conceived and well ar- 
ranged book to assist one to work among 
the Moslems, prepared by W. A. Rice, 
missionary in the Punjab, 1888, and in 
Persia 1894. As set forth in the intro- 
duction the purpose of the book is thus 
declared : "The better we qualify our- 
selves for discussion by our acquaint- 
ance with our opponent's system the less 
necessity we shall generally find to ex- 
ercise our talent: we shall often be able 
by a single well-timed remark or an apt 
question to stop the mouth of a gain- 
sayer." The writer believes that prep- 
aration cannot be too great and that 
efficiency should be the keynote of the 
missionary. Part I deals with the 
Muslim, the missionary and inquirers 
and converts ; Part II with general prin- 


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ciples in the controversy between Mu- 
hammadah faith and Christianity; Part 
III with the Christian Scriptures, the 
Trinity, God the Father, the Lord Jesus 
Christ, the Holy Ghost, the Christian 
Religion, Muhammad, Islam and the 
Quran. The book will appeal to two class- 
es of readers, — those who want to ac- 
quaint themselves with Islam in its 
strongest points, and the missionary who 
has to deal with the Muhammadan in all 
his unfairness. Price $1.25. Brethren 
Publishing House, Elgin, Illinois. 

Children of Heathen Lands. 

For the want of a better title we have 
given this above to a series of books 
coming from the evangelistic press of 
Fleming H. Revell Co. For, eager to 
enter every avenue to interest Christian- 
ity in mission lands this press has pub- 
lished the following books : Children of 
China by C. Campbell Brown; Children 
of Arabia by John C. Young ; Children • 
of India by Janet Harvey Kelman; and 
Children of Africa by James B. Baird. 
We presume that others are in prepara- 
tion. Each book contains about 100 
pages, written in easy language for chil- 
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It will be a matter of great joy to 
learn that on Christmas day at the An- 
kleshwer station in India where Brother 
Stover is laboring thirty were received 
into the church by baptism. 

* * * 

At the Medical Missionary Conference 
held at Battle Creek, Mich., January 5-8 
there were 150 missionaries in attend- 
ance, thirty-five of whom were medical 
missionaries and represented 653 years 
of medical practice. This perhaps was 
the largest medical missionary conven- 
tion held in this country. 

* * * 

That ye may know that the Son of 
man hath power on earth to forgive sins. 
He saith to the sick of the palsy, Arise 
and take up thy bed, and go into thine 
house, Mark 11: 10-11. 

* * * 

Evidently in Jesus' day his ability to 
forgive sins was called in question. And 
is not that the challenge which the world 
throws down at the feet of the church 
today? Is she meeting it? Is her mem- 
bership arising from their baptismal ex- 
perience, freed from the bondage of sin 
and going forth before men and com- 
pelling others to know that they have 
been with Jesus and have had His heal- 
ing in their once sinful lives? Is your 
life, reader, a proof of the redeeming, 
saving power of your Lord ? 

The infidel says Christ is powerless, — 
His teachings are false. Is that the real 
reason why among us are so many lives 
that do not recommend Jesus Christ to 
the world? If He is not able then He is 
no Savior. I have no use for a Savior 
who can forgive but cannot also say to 
me, stricken with the palsy of sin, "Arise 
and walk." 

* * * 

But Jesus, is able to save, — save to the 
uttermost and we know it. The fault is 
in ourselves that we sin, — that sin has 
dominion over us, — that we do not resist 
temptation, — that our lives do not com- 
pel others to come to Christ. Perhaps 
we have unconfessed sin lurking in our 
bosom and this robs us : or the glaring in- 
consistency of our lives has taken the 
courage of heart from us : or we are so 
slow in obeying what we can obey that 
we are without faith before God. 

* * * 

When we have been born of the Water 
and the Spirit we are not only cleansed 
from the guilt of sin but also cleansed 
from the love of sin. If then we continue 
in sin, grace does not abound in our 
lives. Neither do we believe on the Lord 
Jesus Christ as we ought. For He who 
said " Thy sins are forgiven thee," also 
said " Rise and walk." 

* * * 

Now in the church today are many 
who believed the Lord when they 
wanted their own sins pardoned, and yet 
they will not trust Him or look to Him 


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when He commands them to go and do 
His bidding. They treat His commands 
with shameful indifference, even in un- 
belief, saying it is not wise to do it, it is 
not good sense to seek His kingdom first. 
They stumble at the problems of the 
church in the world, and do not realize 
that their own unbelief is in part the 
occasion of the weakness of the church 
in the world and the great stumbling 
block in their own lives. 

* * * 

Indeed, brother, the world longs for 
salvation. There are hungering hearts 
right at home yearning for salvation; 
but so many lives are so unholy that the 
church is weak instead of powerful to 
the saving of many. Instead of onward 
and upward, there are backslidings and 
coldness. Like the street car on the hill- 
side rolls backward because the trolley 
is off, so is the church moving in unbelief ; 
and it would be a great joy in the power 
house in heaven if she would connect up 
through loving obedience and go up the 
hill to victory in Jesus' name. 

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Should any of our readers chance to 
have a copy of two missionary leaflets 
entitled, " The Sin of Covetousness " and 
" The Difference " we would appreciate 
it greatly if they would send them to us. 
We are desirous of reprinting them 
again and find no copies on hand from 
which to do it. Please send them to the 
General Mission Board, Elgin, Illinois. 

sjt 5JC 5jf 

At last all difficulties and disagree- 
ments between the mission and the land- 
lords who held the mission property in 
Oyonnax, France, have been settled, the 
lease that was to run four years yet has 
been cancelled and the missionaries, 
Brother and Sister Pellet, are looking for 
a more favorable location to carry on the 
work. In spite of the discouragements 
the attendance at Sunday-school, indus- 
trial work and preaching has kept up 

and the interest is growing. It is to be 
sincerely hoped that the time of sowing 
in tears is over for a while at this station 
and a reaping with joy shall take its 

* * * 

An aged brother in one of our neigh- 
boring States in sending us an endow- 
ment contract for $500 which he means 
to pay in a short time, in closing his let- 
ter has this to say : " If I thought what 
I am about to send did not receive the 
approbation of the Prince of Peace, I 
would not send it. As it is, it gives me 
more joy than to give it to the best friend 
I have on the face of the earth. It goes 
just as free as the water that runs in the 
brook." Our Brother has discovered the 
spring of everlasting joy. We commend 
this example to many of our dear aged 
fathers who have a desire to do some- 
thing that will be of permanent value in 
spreading the kingdom of God. 

* * * 

It is estimated that the cost of main- 
taining the peace of Europe for the past 
twenty-five years has been $67,500,000,- 
000, a figure stupendous in magnitude. 
And yet Europe could have saved much 
of this, if she had profited by the twenty 
centuries of experience that have passed 
since the birth of the Prince of Peace. 
At the present time she is spending near- 
ly $700,000,000 in engines of marine 
warfare. In a few years these same bat- 
tleships, before gracing the junk-pile, 
will make fairly respectable targets for 
more " improved modern " implements 
of recognized, legal, tolerated murder. 
And Christ's kingdom will be no nearer 
to the hearts of Europe's inhabitants, be- 
cause of the expense. 

* H= * 

Brother E. H. Eby in writing of the 
joys of their Christmastide says : " What 
we enjoyed the most was the way in 
which our Indian Christians entered into 
the spirit of Christmas. We gave them 


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And Pilate Said, " I am innocent." — National Prohibitionist. 

a free hand and suggested nothing. They 
of their own choice prepared their 
Christmas eve feasts in their own homes 
and invited whom they would. After 
that, late in the night, a company of good 
singers went through the village and 
sang good Christian songs at the homes 
of both Christians and heathens. Sunday 
at the close of the preaching service one 
of the number arose and stated that as 
they sang from house to house the night 
before the people insisted on giving them 
something. So as they went they col- 
lected money and, putting it all together 
they had a nice sum to put into the 
church treasury, and it was then and there 
consecrated to the Lord's service. This 
was an entirely new feature of the Lord's 
service and we were glad for the innova- 
tion." Truly this is commendable. It 
was " none of self and all for Thee." 

In giving the names of the District 
Mission Board of Middle Iowa on the 

cover page of the February Visitor, we 
neglected to mention Brother W. H. 
Royer as being the treasurer of the 
Board. We gladly make this correction. 

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The following are some of the notes 
appearing in the Prakash Patra, which 
is published every other month in India 
by our missionaries : 

Those who set their hearts on doing 
right sometimes profit from it in ways 
least expected. In a certain village not 
far from Ankleshwer a number of Bhils 
had become candidates for Christianity. 
To that village came cattlemen from the 
north to sell bullocks, and learning that 
the Bhils had determined to become 
Christians, these cattlemen sold to the 
Bhils seven bullocks, taking their 
stamped paper in payment for the same. 
And seeing how some men made fun of 
them for so doing, they refused to sell, 

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The morning is the gate of the day, 
and should be well guarded with prayer. 
It is one of the threads on which the 
day's actions are strung, and should be 
well knotted with devotion. If we felt 
more the majesty of life, we should be 
more careful of its mornings. He who 
rushes from his bed to his business, and 
waiteth not to worship, is foolish, as 
though he had not put on his clothes or 
cleansed his face, and as unwise as 
though he dashed into the battle without 
arms or armor. Be it ours to bathe in 
the softly-flowing river of communion 
with God before the heat of the wilder- 
ness and the burden of the day begin to 
oppress us. — Spurgeon. 

A visitor who not long ago returned 
from a tour of mission stations in various 
lands has this to say in an exchange : 

While we at hjme do pray, we don't pray 
anything like the missionaries abroad pray! 
I stayed at only two or three missionary 
households where they did not gather at 
midday as well as in the morning and even- 
ing for prayer. " We are far too busy to 
do without it," they said. Part of the equip- 
ment that God gives them is the spirit which 
finds time for prayer in the midst of their 
busy lives. 

It has been wonderful to see how God 
can take our very weakest missionaries and 
in answer to our prayers at home can 
equip them with His Holy Spirit, not only 
for their work, but in the eyes of all those 
who come in contact with them. Unless I 
had seen it I could not have believed. They 
cannot themselves come home and say, 
" I have been wonderfully equipped for my 
life abroad; I have been wonderfully blessed 
in my work." Those missionaries whom 
we know at home on furlough are not the 
men and women we meet in the field; with 
such an equipment and enduement of the 
Holy Spirit they are made new men and 
women — fitted for the service to which God 
has called them. Just as God gives to a 
bird special powers that it may be at its 
best in the air, and to a fish special powers 

that it may be at its best in the waters that 
would drown other things, so it seemed to 
me God had so changed some of these mis- 
sionaries that they were living in a differ- 
ent element from what we know of, or are 


Some time ago the sight of the writer 
began to fail and the burden of his prayer 
was that sight might be restored to him 
so that he might again be able to see the 
works of God and to read His Word as 
in former years. 

By Divine Providence the writer was 
led to an excellent oculist, who per- 
formed a very successful operation and 
now he can see the works of God as in 
former years. With the aid of a reading 
glass he can see to read the Word of God 
with ease and with perfect delight. 

The writer is assured that God in this, 
His Own Way, answered the prayer. 

Kansas. j. s. m. 

Did you pra)^ this morning for these 
people across the sea? Some time since 
I was speaking in a meeting when the 
light went out ; and afterwards I learned 
that it was because there had been trou- 
ble in the power house — something had 
gone wrong there. The missionary 

. . . finds things are going wrong 
— his vision has grown dim, he is op- 
pressed and almost overcome by the 
thick darkness that seems to come 
down and enclose him. What is wrong? 
There's trouble in the power house at 
home. The prayer life has grown feeble. 
Again, all is changed. The unseen Pres- 
ence seems to light upon him. He is no 
more lonely, or weak, or even shadowed. 
All is hope and light, and energy. Why ? 
There's power in the power house : the 
home folk are praying in the Spirit. — 


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Dear Friends : — There is a joy to both 
old and young, when the Christmas time 
comes around. The young are full of 
glee and the old lay aside the cares of 
life, and enter into the joys of the chil- 
dren. The thoughts of giving others joy 
come in a new way, different from all 
the other plans of the year, and all the 
work connected with Christmas seems 
but play. 

So it was with us at the Fairview 
Girls' School. Weary we were indeed, 
after we had gotten our big family of 
about seventy girls packed up and started 
off either on foot or by train, but after a 
little rest we were ready to think of 
Christmas for those that stayed. Thir- 
teen girls remained at the school, and 
there were thirteen missionaries with the 
children that would be at Fairview. 
Strange, wasn't it? We hear of too many 


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The Boys Who Sang*. Station Schoolboys. 

Little Girls' Sunday-school Class. 35 Belong'. 

superstitions of the natives without pay- 
ing attention to the English ones, so we 
did not give that a second thought. 

Saturday the missionaries and their 
native girls came bringing their donation 
to add to the dinner until it seemed like 
the old fashioned donations that we occa- 
sionally had when I was a child and my 
father a frontier Methodist preacher. 
We enjoyed sweet fellowship together 
and then gathered in the front room for 
a prayer meeting while twenty-four na- 
tive girls and children quickly cleared 
our table and spread their own repast out 
on the veranda. The day was so hot 
that it semed hard to realize that it could 
be Christmas. 

Christmas coming on Sunday length- 
ened the pleasant time and we again 
celebrated, this time in the Sunday- 
school. The missionaries generally go 
away at Christmas time when it is so hot, 
so the people have little done for them, 


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Part of the Little Boys' Sunday-school Class. 

so the children were especially happy to 
think they were going to stay and help 
them to have a pleasant time. On the 
last day of school they had a very nice 
program and some of the best and most 
appropriate songs for Sunday were 
chosen to be repeated at Sunday-school. 
How nice it was to see over two hundred 
children coming pouring into the chapel ! 
All were neatly dressed and had happy 
faces for they were to sing and help to 
make the day of Jesus' birth a good one. 
No Christmas for heathen children but 
for the Christians, just as much joy as 
you have. 

You remember it was Review Sun- 
day too, and all the pictures of the 
quarter were hung in front. Some one 
had a string of little paper flags of all 
nations and these were hung reminding 
us of other nations who were joining 
with us in celebrating the birth of our 
greatest Friend. How well they spoke 
and sang and then at the close how the 
rows of white teeth shone and the black 
eyes danced as the superintendent told 
them of the surprise of- sweets that the 
missionaries had planned for them. It 
was no small task to make candy for two 
or three hundred people, for the grown 
people are children too on Christmas, but 
the Irving, 111., and Atlanta, Ga., Juniors 
helped us out with the means, for we got 

sugar and other things necessary. The 
Lord helped every one that helped, so it 
did not seem as hard as we had expected. 
His presence seemed so sweet through all 
the exercises and I am sure He was glad 
to see the little black children of Africa 
glory in His birth. In the afternoon the 
pastor preached a most uplifting sermon 
and the altar was crowded with people 
seeking for strength to serve the Lord 
better. They need your daily prayers. 
Yours in Jesus, 

Nellie A. Reed. 
Umzumbi Rail, Natal, S. Africa. 


The boys and girls have schools at 
Banza Manteke, in Africa, that are very 
much like schools everywhere, though I 
did notice some helps they had in doing 
their " sums " that I never saw at home. 

In doing their sums the children used 
their fingers to count on, just as some 
boys and girls do at home. But, what 
was more amusing, they also used — their 
toes ! As they wear no shoes or stock- 
ings, this is very convenient, and when 
a scholar's own set gives out, she may 
be spied eagerly borrowing the. ten toes 
of her friendly little neighbor to finish 
her sum. 

Each child has a penwiper of her own, 
which is in constant use. The penwiper 
is her own woolly head, into which the 
pen is plunged every few minutes and 
rubbed vigorously. If ink is spilled on 
the table it is wiped off with her hands, 
no one being any the wiser. — Selected. 

There are many kinds of love, as many 

kinds of light, 
And every kind of love makes a glory in 

the night. 
There is love that stirs the heart and love 

that gives it rest, 
But the love that leads life upward is the 

noblest and the best. 

— Henry Van Dyke. 


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Financial Report 


I also give and bequeath to the General Mission Board of the Church of the Breth- 
ren Dollars, for the purposes of the Board as specified in 

their charter. And I hereby direct my executor (or executors) to pay said sum to the 

Secretary of said Board, taking his receipt, within months after my 



I also give, beqeueath, and devise to th» General Mission Board of the Church of 
the Brethren one certain lot of land with the buildings thereon standing (here describe 
the premises with exactness and particularity), to be held and possessed by the Board, 
their successors and assigns forever, for the purposes specified in their charter. 


If you desire any or all your money to go to the church, and to make sure, would 
like to be your own executor,— if you would like to have the income during life and still 
not be troubled with the care of the property, the General Mission Board of the Church 
of the Brethren will receive such sums now, and enter into such agreements as will 
make your income sure. The bond of the Board is an unquestionable security. Full 
information may be had by addressing the Board. 


Jan. Jan. Apr.-Jan. Apr. -Jan. Increase 
1910 1911 1910 1911 

World-wide, $2,453 57 $2,220 24 $23,294 22 $26,529 61 $3,235 39 

India, 447 46 888 92 3,699 99 4,952 73 1,252 74 

Miscellaneous, 69 92 401 98 755 69 1,131 65 375 96 

$2,970 95 $3,514 14 $27,749 90 $32,613 99 $4,864 09 

During the month of January the General 
Mission Board sent out 101,242 pages of 

During the month of January, 1911, the fol- 
lowing donations were received at the office of 
the General Mission Board: 

Indiana — $392.03. 

Northern District, Congregations. 

Solomon's Creek, $67.80; Rock Run, 
$21.53; Second South Bend, $13.50; 

North Liberty, $5.13 $ 107 76 

Christian "Workers. 

Maple Grove, $17; Wakarusa, $7.13, 24 13 


"Unknown," $10; David Whitmer, 
$10; Melvin D. Neff, $10; Elias Fash- 
baugh, $7.50; Jacob O. Culler, $6; 
Mary E. Early, $5; Henry Puller, $3; 
W. H. Weybright, $2; A. L. Reppert, 
$2; Mrs. Walter Swihart, $2; Noah 
Barringer, $1; J. P. Hoffman (mar- 
riage notice), 50 cents; J. W. Grater 
(marriage notice), 50 cents; James 

B. Wise, 15 cents, 59 65 

Middle District, Congregation. 

North Manchester . . 62 50 


Mexico 2 63 


Josephine Hanna, $30; B. F. France, 
$22; Odis P. Clingenpeel, $2; W. H. 
Gaunt, $1.50; J. D. Rife, $1.20; W. F. 

Neal, 50 cents 57 20 

Southern District, Congregations. 

Middlefork, $51.12; Howard, $11; 

Four Mile, $8; Anderson, $5, 75 12 


Anderson .• 1.54 


Martha Ulrich, $1; J. E. Miller, 50 
cents 1 50 

Pennsylvania — $364.50. 

Eastern District, Congregations. 

Big Swatara, $36; Indian Creek, 
$28.34; Spring Creek, $16; Coventry, 

$14.40, $ 94 74 

Missionary and Sunday-school Meet- 
ing Collection, Mingo 15 23 


Isabella F. Price, $10; Anna M. 
Brunner, Upper Dublin, $10; Susanna 
M. Hutchison, $5; Mrs. Sallie Win- 
gard, $3; Peter Biser, $1.20; James 

Kurtz, 15 cents 29 35 

Southern District, Individuals. 

Mary A. Hollinger, $25; D. E. 
Brown, $10; Celia Yost, $5; John 
Hart, $4.50; Receipt No. 13,970, $3; 
Anna Mitchel, $3; Elder John Lea- 
ner, $1.50; Susie Walker, $1; Ellen 
S. Strauser, $1; Cora Royer, $1; Tin- 
na Rentschler, $1; Mrs. J. E. Spang- 
ler, $1; Barbara Leiter, 50 cents; 
Sol. G. Shellenberger, 50 cents; David 

Bashore, 15 cents 58 15 

Middle District, Congregation. 

Lewistown 26 48 


Samuel R. Snyder, $3; John Snow- 
berger, $3; C. L. Buck, $3; Aaron 
Teeter, $2; Isaac Replogle, $1.20; T. 
T. Myers, $1.50; Rebecca Kaufman, 
$1; Miss Ruth C. Stayer, $1; Joseph 
P. Long, $1; James C. Wineland, $1; 
John S. Hershberger (marriage no- 
tice), 50 cents; C. L. Buck (marriage 

notice), 50 cents, 18 70 

Western District, Congregations. 

Georges Creek, $15; Husband 
House — Middle Creek, $5.60; Dunnings 
Creek, $5.15; Manor, $4.85; Pitts- 
burg, $2.50 33 10 


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S. C. Johnson, $77.40; Mary John- 
son Miller, $5; I. G. Miller, $1.20; 
J. W. Rummel, $1; Sarah A. John- 
son, $1; Mrs. S. M. Bobbins, $1; 
Amanda Roddy, 65 cents; G. E. Toder 
(marriage notice), 50 cents; A. J. 
Beeghley (marriage notice), 50 cents; 
Jerome E. Blough (marriage no- 
tice), 50 cents $ 88 75 

Illinois — $343.72. 

Northern District, Congregations. 

Mt. Morris, $35.52; Pine Creek, 
$15.50; Milledgeville, $14.28; Batavia, 

$7.41 , i. ., 72 71 


Primary Department, Elgin, 12 39 


John D. Lahman and wife, $200; . 
O. Perry Hoover, $6; Annetta Yarger, 
$5; John C. Lampin, $5; H. A. Gos- - 
sard, $2.77; "A Sister," $2; A. L. 
Moats, $1.20; Philip H. Graybill, $1.- 
20; Elizabeth Kingery, $1; John S. 
Inks, $1; P. F. Bckerle (marriage no- 
tice), 50 cents; M. S. Newcomer 
(marriage notice), 50 cents; P. R. 
Keltner (marriage notice), 50 cents; 
Annetta Targer, administratrix, 45 
cents; Reuben J. Faringer, 20 cents; 

Sarah E, Faringer, 20 cents, 227 52 

Southern District, Congregations. 

West Otter Creek, $4.45; Oakley, 

$2, 6 45 


C. L. Strong, wife and sister, $13.- 
15; M. D. Hershey and wife, $9; D. 

C. McGonigh, $2.50 24 65 

Virginia — $286.66. 

First District, Congregation. 

Botetourt, 134 27 


Antioch, $23.15; Bethesda, $13; 

Bethlehem, $3.71 39 86 


C. J. Clingenpeel, $1; "Individuals," 
$1; Mrs. F. D. Kennett, $1; A. N. 
Hylton (marriage notice), 50 cents; 

S. C. Painter, 50 cents, , 4 00 

Eastern District, Individuals. 

Edna D. Miller, $3; R. M. Figgers, 
$3; Geo. W. Shaffer, $2; I. N. H. 
Beahm (marriage notice), 50 cents, 8 50 

Northern District, Individuals. 

David W. Wampler, $4; Mary 

Showalter, 25 - cents, 4 25 

Second District, Congregation. 

Bridgewater, 83 98 


S. L. Huffman, $3.60; Samuel Gar- 
ber, $3; A Brother and Sister, $2; 
J. W. Zigler, $1; Mrs. P. J. Craun, 
50 cents; J. S. Kiracofe, 35 cents; 
J. S. Wright, 25 cents; M. D. Hess, 
25 cents; E. G. Wine, 25 cents; S. N. 
Wine, 25 cents; Benj. F. Miller, 25 
cents; Fannie S. Miller, 10 cents, ... 11 80 

Washington — $176.80. 

Centralia 18 00 


Lakeside, 2 75 


Hannah Shock, deceased, $136; "A 
Wash Woman," $10; W. C. Lehman, 
$6; G. W. Buntaiin, $2.40; Sallie Hat- 
field, $1.65, , 15.6 05 

Ohio — $151.65. 

Northeastern District, Congregation. 

Chippewa, 14 65 


Freeburg 45 00 


Levi Stoner, $10; A. A. Moherman, 
$10; Sarah Stoner, $5; Jacob Leck- 
rone, $1.50; Ida A. Moomaw, $1; Da- 
vid Henricks. $1; Sadie Moherman, 

$1; Clara Woods, $1, 30 50 

Northwestern District, Congregation. 

Lick Creek, 2 00 


Joseph Kaylor, $10; F. A. Sellers, 
$1.50; L. E. Kauffman, $1.20; Cath- 
erine Deck, $1; No. 86,703, Bellefon- 

taine, $1, $ 

Southern District, Congregations. 

Hickory Grove, $17; Beech Grove, 



Primary Department, West Day- 
ton i 


Mary Ockerman, $6; David Fultz, 
$3.30; C. M. Smith, $2.50; Philip R. 
Priser, $1.25; Eliza R. Priser, $1.25; 
David Brenner, $1.20; John H. Rine- 
hart, $1.20; Joseph Ruble, 50 cents; 
E. B. Bagwell (marriage notice), 50 
cents; Levi Minnich (marriage no- 
tice), 50 cents, 

Idaho — $128.45. 

Payette, $91.80; Nez Perce, $28; 

Twin Falls, $7.15, 


M. M. Custer, $1; Rose E. Brad- 
ley (marriage notice), 50 cents, .... 
California — $74.32. 
Northern District, Individuals. 

S. Beeghly, $10; Peter F. Gault, 
$1; W. C. Heisel (marriage notice), 

50 cents, 

Southern District, Congregation. 



J. L. Minnich, $3; H. H. Bitter, 
$2.01; J. Z. Gilbert, $1; Geo. Eby, 
$1; Minnie Eby, $1; S. E. Tundt, $1; 
W. F. England (marriage notice), 50 


Iowa— $69.72. 

Northern District, Individuals. 

Samuel Fike, $12; John Rudy, $10.- 
30; J. J. Berkley, $6; U. S. Blough, 
$4; C. Frederick, $4; E. M. Lichty, 
$3; Conrad Messer, $2.50; Louisa 
Messer, $2.50; J. S. Hershberger, $1.- 
50; L. M. Eby, $1.25; Hannah C. 
Messer, $1; Birthday offering, Mrs. 
Rebecca Hess, 77 cents; W. H. Hood 

(marriage notice), 50 cents, 

Middle District, Individuals. 

John G. Fleckner, $6; Franklin 
Rhodes, $4; C. S. McNutt, $1.20; C. 

Z. Reitz, $1.20, 

Southern District, Congregation. 

Garden Grove, 


Mrs. Geo. Replogle, $2; W. G. Cas- 
key, $1.20; Mrs. H. Kurtz, $1.15; J. 
D. Brower (marriage notice), 50 

cents, i 

Kansas — $57.12. 

Northeastern District, Sunday-school. 

Richland Center, 


J. I. Smith, $1; Joseph -S. Carney 
(marriage notices), $1; W. B. Devil- 
biss (marriage notice), 50 cents; 
W. B. Price (marriage notice), 50 


Southeastern District,' Congregation. 

Mont Ida, 

Christian Workers. 



Fannie Stevens, 

Northwestern District, Sunday-school. 

Portis-North Solomon congrega- 


A young brother, Quinter, $20; 

Mrs. Emma Tatlock, $1, 

Southwestern District, Individuals. 

S. M. Brown, $2.50; Silvanus Delp, 
$1.25; Frank Fox, $1; Irene B. Rupp, 


Nebraska— -$53.50. 


14 70 

21 60 

5 00 

21 20 

126 95 

1 50 

11 50 

53 31 

9 51 

49 32 

12 40 
3 15 

4 85 
7 00 


















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Wm. McGaffey, $3; S. P. Van 
Dyke (marriage notice), 50 cents, ..$ 3 50 

North Dakota — $23.22. 

Rock Lake 17 22 


Mrs. W. H. Clark, $5; A. B. Puter- 

baugh, $1 6 00 

Maryland— $21 .00. 

Eastern District, Individuals. 

Alfred Englar, $12; Thos. C. Ecker, 
$1; W. E. Roop (marriage notice), 

50 cents, 13 50 

Middle District, Individuals. 

A Brother, $2; John S. Bowlus 

(marriage notice), 50 cents, 2 50 

Western District, Individuals. 

John A Merrill and wife, 5 00 

Missouri — $14.15. 

Middle District, Individuals. 

Mary Eshelman, $3.15; Susan Moo- 
maw, $1 4 15 

Southern District, Individuals. 

Mary E. Doudenslager, $5; "Re- 
ceipt No. 13,938," $5, 10 00 

West Virginia — $11.35. 
First District, Individuals. 

Catherine Harper, $7.35; T. Har- 
row, $2; John W. Nelson, $1; Mrs. 

Bertha Thurmond, $1 . 11 35 

Alabama — $10.00. 

W. A. Maust 10 00 

New Mexico — $10.00. 

Miami 10 00 

Tennessee-— $7.50. 

Pleasant Valley, 5 50 


Effie Brooks 2 00 

Oklahoma — $6.20. 

Alice Pitzer, $4.50; Wm. P. Bosser- 
man, $1.20; M. M. Ennis (marriage 

notice), 50 cents - 6 20 

North Carolina — $5.00. 

J. W. Bowman, $3; D. H. Lewis 

and wife, $2 5 00 

Michigan — $3.20. 

G. Sprang, $2; J. C. Harrison, $1.20, 3 20 

Canada— $2.90. 

Mrs. Louisa Shaw, $1.65; Mrs. Fan- 
ny Keffer, Ontario, 75 cents; Luther 
Shatto (marriage notice), 50 cents, 2 90 

Montana — $2.75. 

Three children, Enterprise 2 75 

Colorado— -$2.00. 

Western District, Individual. 

Nancy D. Underhill, 2 00 

Minnesota — $1.50. 

J. E. Burkholder 1 50 

Wisconsin — $1.00. 

J. E. Zollers and wife 100 

Total for the month $ 2.220 24 

Previously reported 24,309 37 

Total for year so far $26,529 61 

Pennsylvania— $96.00. 
Eastern District, Sunday-school. 

Elizabethto'wn $ 20 00 


Isabella F. Price, 16 00 

Middle District. 

Truth Seekers' Sunday-school Class, 
Altoona 20 00 

Flower and Mission Band, Altoona 

Christian Workers 20 00 

Western District. 

Meyersdale Mission Circle 20 00 

Illinois — $46.30. 

Northern District, Sunday-school. 

Teacher-training Class, Elgin, ...$ 20 00 

Mary R. Hoover 20 00 

Southern District, Sunday-school. 

Primary Class, Woodland, 6 30 

Ohio — $43.42. 

Northeastern District, Sunday-school. 

Freeburg 20 00 

Southern District, Sunday-=chools. 

Brookville, $20; New Carlisle, $3.42, 23 42 

Virginia — $36.00. 
First District, Sunday-school. 

Home Department, Daleville 16 00 

Eastern District, Sunday-school. 

Fairfax 20 00 

Indiana — $34.30. 

Northern District, Sunday-school. 

First South Bend, 5 00 

Middle District, Aid Society. 

North Manchester City, 12 00 


North Manchester 10 00 

Richard Callane's Sunday-school 

Class 7 30 

Nebraska — $21.00. 

Birthday offerings, Beatrice 20 00 


Maggie Vanderkolk -. 100 

Kansas — $20.00. 

Northeastern District, Aid Society. 

Washington Creek 20 00 

Idaho — $20.00. 

Winchester 20 00 

Iowa — $16.00. 

Northern District, Aid Society. 

City Church, Waterloo 16 00 

Colorado — $12.33. 

Western District, Sunday-school. 

Mt. Garfield 5 00 

Christian Workers. 

First Grand Valley, ,. . . 5 00 

Southeastern District, Sunday-school. 

Rocky Ford 2 33 

Minnesota — $10.00. 

Worthington, 10 00 

Michigan— $5.00. 

Sunfield, 5 00 

California — $4,50. 

Northern District, Individuals. 

A widow sister and two little girls, 50 

Southern District, Christian Workers. 

South Los Angeles, 4 00 

Total for the month, $ 364 85 

Previously reported 2,333 73 

Total for year so far $ 2,698 58 


Pennsylvania — $100.00. 

Southern District, Individual. 

"Receipt No. 13,929," $ 100 00 

Ohio — SI 5. 00. 

Northwestern District, Congregation. 

Fairview 5 00 

Southern District, Individuals. 

A Brother and Sister 10 00 

Illinois — $14.91. 

Northern District, Christian Workers. 

Naperville, 14 91 

Washington — $12.50. 

Sunnyside 12 50 

California — $5.00. 

Southern District, Individual. 

Rosa E. Calvert 5 00 

Indiana — $1.00. 

Southern District, Individual. 

Susan Knote 1 00 

North Carolina, — $1.00. 

Ophrah T. Marshburn 1 00 


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Kansas — $1.00. 

Southwestern District, Individual. 

Mary G. Morelock, $ 100 

Total for the month $ 150 41 

Total previously received, 803 42 

Total for year so far . $ 952 83 

California — 4j»l 45.50. 

Southern District. 

Lordsburg Congregation, for Lords- 
burg College in India, $ 145 50 

Indiana — 86.66. 

Northern District, Individuals. 

Lee R. Smith, $10; Wm. Hess, $5, 15 00 

Middle District, Sunday-school. 

North Manchester, "West House,.. 71 66 

Pennsylvania — $S0.GG. 
Eastern District, Aid Society. 

Germantown, 30 00 

Western District, Sunday-school. 

Meyersdale, . ., - 60 00 

Ohio — $15.00. 

Northeastern District, Individual. 

G. A. Cassel, 5 00 

Northwestern District, Individuals. 

Geo. ,S. Throne and wife 5 00 

Southern District, Individual. 

E. P. Haynes, 5 00 

Iowa — $8.50. 
Middle District. 

Hannah C. Badger's Sunday-school 

Class, 3 50 


John Zuck, 5 00 

Idaho — $7.00. 

Birthday offerings, Pruitland 7 00 

Illinois — $5.00. 

Northern District, Individuals. 

Isaac and Sarah Rothrock 5 00 

Total for the month, $ 357 66 

Previously reported, 851 01 

Total for year so far, $ 1,208 67 


Washington — $7.00. 


Sunflower Class, N. Yakima, $ 7 00 

Ohio — $5.00. 

Northwestern District, Individuals. 

Geo. S. Throne and wife, 5 00 

Virginia — $2.00. 

Second District, Individual. 

Annie E. Kendig 2 00 

Nebraska — $1 .00. 

Maggie Vanderkolk, 1 00 

California. — $1.00. 

Northern District, Individuals. 

A widow sister and two little girls, 1 00 

Total for the month, $ 16 00 

Previously reported, 76 65 

Total for year so far, $ 92 65 

Illinois — $254.75. 

Northern District, Individual. 

Elder D. L. Miller and wile, $ 250 00 

Southern District. 

Sacrificing Mission Band, Oakley, 4 75 

North Dakota — $52.23. 

Berthold, $45.78; Minot Mission, 

$.6.45, 52 23 

Indiana—— $20.00. 

Southern District, Christian Workers. 

Rossville, 20 00 

Ohio — $10.00. 

Northwestern District,' Individuals. 

Geo. S. Throne and wife, 10 00 

Missouri — $5.00, 

Southern District, Individual. 

"Receipt No. 13,938," 5 00 

Arkansas — $4.00. 


Mrs. Prank Reed, $ 4 00 

Pennsylvania— $3.00. 
Eastern District. 

" Prom Philadelphia," 3 00 

Nebraska — $0.50. 

Maggie Vanderkolk, 50 

Total for the month, $ 349 48 

Previously reported 652 77 

Total for year so far, $ 1,002 25 

North Dakota — $45.00. 

M. P. Lichty, $ 45 00 

Illinois — $2.00. 

Northern District, Individual. 

"A Sister," 2 00 

Total for the month, $ 47 00 

Previously reported, 6 00 

Total for year so far, $ 53 00 


Mary land— -$1 .OOv 

Eastern District, Individual. 

Wm. H. Swan, $ 100 

Total for month, $ 100 

Previously reported, 8 40 

Total for year so far $ 9 40 


Illinois — $2.00. 

Northern District, Individual. 

"A Sister," $ 2 00 

Total for the month, $ 2 00 

Previously reported 45 00 

Total for year so far $ 47 00 


Pennsylvania — $1.50. 

Middle District, Individual. 

G. W. Kephart, $ 150 

Total for the month, $ 1 50 

Previously reported, 7 00 

Total for year so far, $ 8 50 


Ohio — $1.00. 

Southern District, Individual. 

Ruth Bigler, $ 1 00 

Total for the month, $ 1 00 

Previously reported, 5 00 

Total for year so far $ 6 00 


^January Receipts. 
General Fund. 
Illinois — J. C. Lampin, Polo, $1.75; M. S. 
Seymour, Palestine, $8; C. L. Carriker, Witt, 
$1; Lillian Walker, Liberty, $7.30; David 
Hershberger, Salem, $12.10. Total, $30.15. 
Indiana — Sarah Pike, No Address, $1.75; J. N. 
Hojsinger, Rossville, $6.10; Ezra H. Miller, 
Coal City, $S.75; V. Stoneburner, Magley, $9.- 
10- Harvey Kreider, S. Whitley, $2.60. Total, 
$28.30. Iowa — Mrs. C. J. Simpson, Mt. Etna, 
$1.70; J. O. Kimmel, Sheldon, $3; W. G. Wil- 
liams, Fredric, $4. Total, $8.70. Kansas- — ■ 
L. C. Morrison, Altamont, $4.25; G. E. Shirkey, 
Madison, $6. Total, $10.25. Michig-an — L. A. 
Fisher, Bangor, $2.50; R. B. Noll, Vickerys- 
ville, $17.65; Harvey Good, McBain, $5.75. 
Total, $25.90. Minnesota — Martin Ogg, Ram- 
ey, $3.25. Maryland— Daniel O. Metz, Union 


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Bridge, $4; F. H. Rittenhouse, Eastern, $10. 
Total, $14.00. Missouri — C. C. Campbell, Pris- 
toe, $4.76; W. M. Greenwood, Carthage, $5.60; 
Bruce V. Hoffman, Smithburg, $2. Total, $12.- 
36. North Dakota — J. W. Fitz, Cando, $7.35; 
J. F. Wampler, Newville, $8; Robert R. 
Young, Epplng, $8.70. Total, $24.05. Ohio — 
A. A. Moherman, Ashland, $14.79; A. D. Wen- 
rich, Dayton, $4; L. E. Ockerman, Hillsboro, 
$6.85; V. L. Bright, W. Milton, $4.73. Total, 
$30.70. Pennsylvania — M. H. Brumbaugh, 
Williamsburg, $5.50; Jacob Gabert, Three 
Springs, $6.66; J. W. Brant, Elizabethtown, $2; 
Peter Mollott, Amaranth, $7.60; D. T. Detwil- 
er, New Enterprise, $5; Sarah E. Royer, Mill- 
mont, $4.38. Total, $31.13. Virginia — J. H. 
Gouchenour, Waynesboro, $16.71; A. J. Miller, 
Bridgewater, $18.20; J. D. Huffman, Timber- 
ville, $11.25. Total, $46.16. West Virginia — 
J. B. Leatherman, Burlington, $2.59. 
Building" Fund. 
Canada — D. A. Peters, Alpha, Sask., $4. 
Idaho — Susie E. Mow, Weiser, $7; Ralph 
Thomas, Nezperce, $50. Total, $57. Illinois 
— Mary Pahrney, Chicago, $50; Bertha Ridge- 
ly, Parkersburg, $9.08; Cassie Bowser, Astoria, 
$3.30; J. G. Royer, Mt. Morris, $25; Ogden S. 
S., Chicago, $10; D. O. Cottrell, Chicago, $16. 
Total, $113.93. Indiana — W. H. Metzger, 
Flora, $25; C. M. Culp, Nappanee, $8.25; Geo. 
Netzley, Union City, $48.27; B. J. Miller, Nap- 
panee, $7.21; Samuel Coy, Milford, $10; Aug. 
Yancy, Decatur, $46.30; John Keim, Topeka, 
$3.70; Elsie Kepp, Monticello, $30.50; Chas. E. 
Cripe, Goshen, $2; J. W. Flora, Kappa, $3.56; 
Ira Kauffman, Monticello, $61.43; F. Bottorf, 
Walkerton, $8.70; Irwin Bolinger, Huntington, 
$13.70. Total, $268.62. Iowa— G. A. Moore, 
Eldora, $50; J. K. Miller, Cedar Rapids, $5; 
D. W. Wise. Dallas Center, $10; Viola Sheelor, 
Kingsley, $16.70; R. H. Glessner, Sheldon, $12.- 
50. Total, $94.20. Kansas — Hattie S. Frantz, 
Beattie, $5; W. K. Applegarth, Rydal, $22.50; 
G. W. Bishop, Oronoque, $4.60; E. E. Yoder, 
Conway, $10.65; Julia Mohler, Quinter, $4; T. 
A. Eisenbise, Morrill, $25. Total, $71.75. 
Maryland — P. H. Garner, Westminster, $5. 
Michig-an — John M. Smith, Woodland, $10; 
Lulu McKimmy, Blissfield, $7.85. Total, $17.- 
85. Minnesota — Mrs. M. Schechter, Worthing- 
ton, $3. Nebraska — Susie Rothrock, $20. 
North Dakota — Alice E. Stevens, Egeland, $1.- 
50; Manerva Lambert, Surrey, $27.65. Total, 
$29.15. Ohio — Chas. Neff, Dayton, $3.60; E. C. 
Wolf, Hartville, $12.68; A. C. Bookwalter, 
Wei'ersville, $10; Catherine Porter, Mansfield, 
$2.55; O. H. Bechtel, Bellville, $2.15; N. Pop- 
lar Ridge S. S., Jewell, $8.50; Mame E. Hoov- 
er, Alliance, $21.15. Total, $60.63. Oklahoma 
— Emma Lauver, Omega, $2.25; Ira Brubaker, 
Cordell, $13.23. Total, $15.45. Pennsylvania — 
A. Bowser, East Berlin, $1.30; Mary Geiger, 
Philadelphia, $25; J. J. Oiler, Waynesboro, 
$100. Total, $126.30. Virginia — K. M. Deihl, 
Port Republic, $8.34; Silas C. Foster, Lurav, 
$3.80. Total, $12.14. Washing-ton — E. R. Eik- 
enbery, Spokane, $10. West Virginia^— Fred 
Baurer, Junction, $2.20. 

A. F. Wine, Treasurer. 


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even for cash, one bullock to any one in 
that village but to a Bhil. 

* * * 

During the year 1910 Elder Adam 
Ebey at Dahanu gave medicine to over 
5000 and received for the medicines 
something like two hundred rupees. And 
Ebey Sahib is not a doctor but a preach- 
er of the Word of the Lord. 

It is encouraging to see men lay down 
their secular business, and for less pay 
go forth to battle for the Lord, knowing 
that they will have deprivation and per- 
haps needless suffering for the Master. 
Limbaji Kanhuba recently resigned his 
post as teacher in the carpenter shop at 
Bulsar, and accepted work with the mis- 
sionary in Pimpalner, where the workers 
find hard work. 

* * * 

A year ago it was decided to ask all 
delegates to the District Meeting if they 
still used tobacco in any form. At the 
time of the passing of that paper some 
laughed about it, but how well it works 
was" seen in one of the churches this year, 
after two delegates were elected. The 
question was raised as to whether they 
were users of tobacco and the elder asked 
each delegate. The first said " No," but 
the second said, "I admit I do." Then 
after a good bit of wondering what was 
the best thing to do, the delegate said he 
was willing to promise solemnly to quit 
henceforth, and with one voice all the 
congregation said, " God bless you." 

* * * 

A letter comes from a mother whose 
heart burns for the success of God's 
work. Among other things written, the 
following is worthy of emulation : " I 
have a daughter thirteen years of age, 
who has been a member of the church 
since she was eight years old. I desire 
no greater joy from the Lord than to see 
the day when she would be a missionary, 
either home or foreign. The fact is I 
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foreign lands." In these days when we 
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children in the desire to be completely 
used of the Lord, such words are re- 
freshing. What would happen if all our 
mothers had the kingdom of God so com- 
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Contents for April, 1911 



" Look on the Fields That They Are White Already Unto Harvest," By 

Anna M. Hutchison, 114 

Among the Missions of South India, By A. W. Ross, 117 

China's Thanksgiving for Rain, By Emma Horning, 120 

History of the Spring Branch Church, Missouri, By L. B. Ihrig, 122 

Missionary Notes and Jottings, By I. J. Rosenberger, 132 


Editorials, 124 

Temperance Sunday Program, 126 

Finish the Job? 128 

Temperance Literature, 131 



The Resurrection of Christ, By J. M. Blough 138 



Two Easters, 140 


The Missionary Visitor 



H. C. EARLY, Penn Laird, Va. The third Wednesday in April, August 

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The Missionary Visitor 

April, 1911 

Volume XIII 

Number 4 


By Nora E. Berkebile 

UT cf the city the women came slowly, 
Bearing the spices and perfume so rare. 
Sadly they talked of the One who was resting 

Out in the sepulcher rugged and bare. 
Just to anoint the dear body so precious, 

Just once again the dear form to behold, 
That first Easter morn the Galilee women 
Traveled the pathway beaten and old. 

The tomb has a door that is rugged and heavy, 

And " Who will remove it away from its place? " 
Is the burden they bear as they walk to the entrance 

While lines of great sorrow have furrowed each face. 
But lo! It is gone! The Savior has risen! 

Not a heavy stone door but the angels appear. 
Oh, the joy in their hearts as they hear the glad tidings 

And learn that the Savior, now living, is near! 

On this Easter morn may the stones in our pathway 

Be rolled aside and reveal to us all 
That nothing much matters since Jesus is risen, 

And comes again soon His faithful to call. 
Then what have seemed stones in the pathway we traveled 

May prove to be blessings, when once rolled away, 
To lead us to God in His mansions of glory 

Where we shall e'er praise Him in that perfect day. 



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"Look on the Fields That They Are White 
Already Unto Harvest" 

Anna M. Hutchison 

S time progresses in 
the history of Beth- 
any it becomes more 
and more evident that 
the possibilities, 
through Bethany's ex- 
istence, is meeting a 
pressing need. And 
the outlook gives as- 
surance of unlimited 
possibilities of influ- 
ence and service for the future. Al- 
ready new avenues of service are opening 
up on every hand, and calls for laborers 
are coming in from every source, from 
both far and near. Truly the fields are 
already white unto the harvest, and labor- 
ers are being " thrust out " to gather in 
the sheaves. 

Many are being led to yield them- 
selves fully to the Father's guidance 
and are planning for definite service in 
His vineyard. As the urgent calls come 
from both home and foreign fields, some 
of those who are in preparation become 
almost restive to get out and " rescue the 

But Bethany being located as it 
is offers ample opportunity for all 
such to get the practical preparation, 
along with the theoretical, in the way of 
personal work and active service, of 
which the city offers unlimited opportuni- 
ties. And new avenues are constantly 
opening up for such services. 

Within the limits of our own neighbor- 
hood we are finding, every now and then, 
a soul groping in the dark, seeking for the 
true light. Dissatisfied with the formality 
and lack of spirituality in their own 
churches, some have given up church at- 
tendance altogether. One young lady, who 
has been attending services at Bethany for 

some time and was recently baptized, told 
her parents previous to her baptism, when 
they opposed her going to Bethany, that 
if she had to give up attending our serv- 
ices she would have to leave home and go 
where she could get that which her spirit- 
ual nature demanded — that which Beth- 
.any supplied, but which was lacking in 
her own home and in her own church. 
When baptized she was compelled to 
leave home. Thus, literally forsaking all 
for the Master whom she loved, she has 
found more than she had to give up. 
Since then she says, " I am so happy. I 
never before had such freedom and peace 
of mind, I know the Lord has led me to 
take this step and has a special mission 
for me in His vineyard." Her ability, de- 
votion and grace of character, promise 
much for her future life of service. 

In many homes of the neighborhood, 
and for some miles distant, Bible classes 
are being held every week. Students 
thus have the opportunity of putting into 
actual practice the things they are getting 
from day to day in the classroom. But 
most of all, souls are being reached by 
the light of God's truth. The demand 
for workers along this line is greater 
than the means of supply. 

Another important phase of work is 
that of Sunday-school teaching. Not 
only in our own schools of Bethany, Og- 
den and Hastings, but churches of other 
denominations are calling for teachers 
and a number have responded. Besides 
this, this district of the Cook County Sun- 
day-school Association, including thirty- 
three Sunday-schools, has called for a 
teacher-training class to be held each 
week at Bethany — a movement that is 
destined to have a telling and far-reach- 
ing influence. 


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Another avenue of service is that 
of hospital visiting and rescue mis- 
sion work — places where the sick, sor- 
rowing and sinning, in their dire need, 
mutely call for our help and appeal to our 
sympathies, as a drowning man, whom 
to neglect means certain death. Each 
week visits are made to the hospitals, 
where the sick are prayed with and talked 
to concerning their salvation, and Mes- 
sengers are left to silently implant the 
gospel seed. Also, each week services 
are held at several different rescue mis- 

But perhaps the most definite work 
that is being done along any line cf prac- 
tical service is that which is being done 
in behalf of the Jews and Chinese of this 
city. Although of a comparatively small 
and humble beginning, the work is being 
established on a solid basis and the out- 
look is very promising. These immi- 
grants being reached and converted, 
when returning to their own countries 
are destined to make the most effectual 
workers possible among their own native 
people. Right here, may I say, the Breth- 
ren church has an excellent opportunity 
of doing foreign mission work in our 
very midst, an opportunity that perhaps 
we are not fully awakened to as yet. 

The Bethany students have been con- 
ducting Bible classes in a number of the 
Jewish homes during this school year. 
More classes were called for than we had 
the workers with whom to supply them. 
Recently a Jewish Sunday-school was 
organized in the old Bethany building, 
with an enrollment of forty-two. May 
God hasten the day when these, His sin- 
ning, yet downtrodden people, will return 
as wandering sheep to the fold, and may 
Bethany be the means of accomplishing 
much toward that end ! 

The Chinese Sunday-school, which 
was opened up several years ago, by Bro. 
Hilton, whose heart the Lord burdened 
with the needs of this neglected people, 
is progressing most encouragingly. Since 
the opening of the work, nine precious 

Brother Moy Way. 

souls have accepted Christ by baptism. 
Here indeed we see manifested in a 
marked degree the transforming power 
of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as it trans- 
forms into His image from glory to 
glory. Does it pay to convert them? 
Look at the accompanying picture and 
ask yourself. Does it pay to implant 
within these human souls the image of 
the Christ-life? Recently as we sat at 
love feast with these Chinese converts 
our hearts rejoiced as we so forcibly real- 
ized that Christ's shed blood was indeed 
availing for those who so recently knew 
not of His love, and that God truly " is 
no respecter of persons, but in every na- 
tion, he that feareth Him and worketh 
righteousness is acceptable to Him." 

The accompanying picture is that of 
Moy Way, one of our converts of less 
than a year ago. Being his Sunday- 
school teacher most of the time since then 
I have had ample opportunity to ascer- 


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tain his spiritual condition and watch 
his Christian growth, and have felt more 
than gratified at the results. 

Indeed, I have felt helped and inspired 
more than once at the evident manifesta- 
tions of grace and growth in one who so 
recently had come out from heathendom. 

Shortly after his conversion, when 
speaking to him concerning it he said : 
" The reason I united with the Brethren 
church in preference to any other was 
because I felt they were obeying the 
Bible more than any other church." He 
said : " When I got out among other 
professing Christian people I saw them 
do things and go to places that I knew 
was wrong for Christians to do, but when 
I came to Bethany I did not see you peo- 
ple do those things, and I felt you were 

As to giving, he has grasped its true 
spirit, and is generous almost to a fault. 
He says : " All I possess belongs to Jesus 
and I am simply His steward and want to 
use it in doing good." Many can testify 
as to his liberality and unselfishness. 
When some of his other Chinese breth- 
ren came to him, regretting the fact that 
they had so little means with which to do 
good, he cited them to the incident of the 
widow's mite and told them it was not 
so much the amount they gave but the 
sacrifice they made in giving it. 

Shortly after his conversion he con- 
ceived the true spirit of missionary serv- 
ice and said : " The whole business of a 
Christian is to be a missionary." And 
it is most interesting to note how he puts 
that principle into practice. He is con- 
tinually helping his fellow-Chinamen, 
both those who are Christians and those 
who are not, in a way that might well put 
many of us to shame. He gives them 
Bible lessons, explains the Scriptures to 
them, and advises and instructs them in 
many helpful ways. Being a natural 

leader, he is looked to as such by them, 
and is having a telling influence over 
them, a power and influence which none 
but a fellow-countryman could have. Be- 
ing deeply interested in the" Christian- 
izing of their own country we may look 
for much to be accomplished when they 
return. Recently when Moy Wav was 
asked if he thought his wife and boy (of 
nine years) who are in China, would be- 
come Christians when he returned, he 
said : " Oh yes, when they see me live 
the Christian life and read my Bible and 
pray and worship the true God they will 
want to be Christians too." May we not 
get a lesson here? 

One of the encouraging features in try- 
ing to teach these people is that they do 
not question or doubt the Bible, but read- 
ily accept its whole teaching. Thev are 
a meek, generous and appreciative people 
when once we know how to meet them 
on a common ground, and those who 
have become Christians manifest simple, 
childlike faith in prayer and in the power 
of the Holy Spirit ; a faith that many old- 
er Christians might well covet. Are they 
worth working for? 

There are several thousand in this city 
alone with onlytwo hundred in any Chris- 
tian Sunday-school. And in China there 
are 400,000,000 Chinese with 3,833 Prot- 
estant missionaries, making an average 
of one missionary to every 104,000 Chi- 
nese. " Pray ye therefore the Lord of 
the harvest, that He send forth laborers 
into His harvest." 

" Far and near the fields are teeming 
With the waves of ripened grain; 
Far and near their gold is gleaming 
O'er the sunny slope and plain. 

"Lord of harvest, send forth reapers! 
Hear us, Lord, to Thee we cry; 
Send them now the sheaves to gather, 
Ere the harvest time pass by." 

Bethany Bible School, Chicago, III. 

" Some are jealous of being successors of the Apostles. I would rather 
be a successor of the Samaritan woman, who, while the Apostles went 
for meat and forgot souls, forgot her water-pot in her zeal to spread the 
ijood tidings." — J. Hudson Taylor. 


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Among the Missions of South India 

A. W. Ross 



Chapter I. 

T is said that a man 
generally gets what 
he is looking for and 
this seems to be pretty 
much the case with a 
trip through India. If 
one is out for the 
sights he is sure to 
find them in abun- 
dance, and it may be 
possible for him to re- 
turn to his home and declare that he did 
not see much of missions. On the other 
hand it is just as easy to make a tour of 
India and see few of the usual sights 
sought out by the globe trotters, and in- 
stead see missions, lots of them zealous in 
the work and with a measure of success 
causing joy and gladness in our hearts. 

As we gained experience in the work 
and the problems of missions opened up 
to us there was an increasing desire to 
see the large and successful missions of 
South India. It is sometimes said that 
if you want to see missions go to South 
India and for sights to North India. 
There missions are of longer standing 
and have met with phenomenal success. 
Several of the largest missions in the 
world are found in these parts and so it 
was with no small degree of expectancy 
that we took a tour among them. 

Then too there was divided opinion 
among us as to the desirability of allow- 
ing a mass movement even though we 
could have one. This divided opinion 
largely arose over the effects of the minia- 
ture mass movement we had in Raj Pipla 
State during the famine time, the results 
of which have not been all that could be 
desired. However I think that if the 
same parties were to do the same work 
over again they would manage the fam- 

ine relief and the succeeding work on a 
different basis and we would reap better 
results. But however, because we have 
seen some evil results is no season for 
making a wholesale condemnation of an 
enterprise unless after further and more 
extended investigation it is found that 
the very principles back of it are unwork- 
able and good results are unattainable. 
Oftentimes success is not reached be- 
cause of wrong methods and it may be so 
in respect to mass movements. 

With the view of seeing, hearing, and 
learning all we could Bro. Long and I 
arranged for our trip. When the time 
came to go, it was with difficulty that I 
could get away at all. It was the fever 
season and plans must be made for car- 
ing for the work and workers in the out- 
villages. Then the carpenters were here 
and a month's work must be laid out for 
them. Considering the season it seemed 
most like tearing away from duty. 

But finally arrangements were made 
and on the afternoon of Oct. 28 I was off 
for Bombay and from thence to Poona 
where I expected to meet Bro. Long. 
The trip to Bombay was uneventful save 
for the very pleasant visit I was per- 
mitted to have with a number of the 
Christian Alliance missionaries at Surat 
Station. Though of different belief yet 
we meet with much the same problems 
in the work and it does us good to com- 
pare notes sometimes. 

That night was spent on the train. 
Next day several hours in Bombay went 
quickly by as they always do when shop- 
ping is to be done. The trip across the 
Western Ghats was a pleasant one. The 
scenery is beautiful and one can never 
tire of looking out on the great handi- 
work of the Creator. Passing through 
numerous tunnels, over grades and 


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Panoramic view Knandala 

Beautiful India. 

bridges we soon came to Poona, said to 
be one of the nicest cities in India. The 
European population is large and here 
is the home of the Governor of Bombay 

Just before reaching Poona we passed 
the heights of Lonavla, fast becoming 
widely known as the retreat for the tired 
worker and the place for a spiritual up- 
lift. Here every year in fall and spring 
a convention for the deepening of the 
spiritual life is held with ever-increas- 
ing interest. 

About three in the morning we board- 
ed the Madras mail for Gooty, our first 
stop. A few miles to the east of Poona 
we passed by Kedgaon the place made 
famous the world over because of the 
tireless and unselfish work of Pandita 
Ramabai, for the widows and orphans of 
the land. Bro. Long had seen her work a 
year or so ago, so we passed on to fields 
new to both of us, hoping that some time 
I can take my family and run over to see 
it from Bombay. 

All day Saturday we had nothing to 
do but just look out on nature and medi- 
tate. But we were disappointed as many 
another must be. We had often heard 
and read of " Fertile India," but through 

the whole day we saw scarcely anything 
else but a table-land with shallow soil. 
True, that occasionally we saw some rich 
fields but in general the country appeared 
rather poor, having a shallow soil with a 
rocky subsoil. 

The monotony of the view was broken 
by an occasional river or great mounds 
of large rock piled one on the other. At 
Shahabad are the stone quarries from 
which some of the best floor stones found 
in India are taken. In plain view can be 
seen layer after layer of the stones com- 
ing out of the ground. So common are 
they and so cheap that the poor use them 
for roofing their houses. 

Saturday evening at about sundown 
we arrived at Gooty where we were met 
by an English speaking Indian Christian, 
who kindly helped with our baggage to a 
cart and accompanied us to the home of 
Mr. Marler of the London Mission. This 
was our first experience in the Southern 
India horse carts called " jetkas " and 
the ride to the bungalow a mile or two 
distant was interesting. Two wheeled, 
long narrow beds without end boards, 
and a low top, drawn by a little pony 
driven by a merciless driver made up the 


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Reaching the bungalow we were given 
a hearty welcome and soon felt that we 
were among friends though far away 
from home. Mr. Marler has charge of 
the higher educational work of the mis- 
sion for the Gooty and Cuddaoah Dis- . 
tricts and from all reports is doing a very 
acceptable work. His splendid command 
of the language places him in a position 
to be of the highest service to the mis- 
sion he represents. 

Gooty is not a large town but is well 
suited for the work in hand. The main 
object of the various institutions is that 
of training a native agency to lead the 
churches to a higher and better social 
and religious status. Here they have a 
High School, Normal School, Theolog- 
ical School, together with primary 
schools for both caste and out-caste chil- 
dren of the community. In the Gooty 
District are about 6,000 Christians while 
in the adjoining Cuddaoah District there 
are over 20,000, giving large numbers of 
children from which to select recruits for 
the training departments. 

Although the Christians of these dis- 
tricts have been won from the out-castes, 
yet through the patient and never tiring 
efforts of the missionaries and their help- 
ers the Christian community has won 
for itself a respectable social position and 
now it is no uncommon thing to find 
Christian teachers in the schools for 
high caste children. Nor are they long- 
er hindered from drawing water from the 
public wells. Also children of Christian 
parents sit in these same schools with 
high caste children unmolested. 

On Sunday we visited the various serv- 
ices and found that like as at other places 
where the work has developed they 
have a full day. In the morning Mr. 
Marler's assistant preached. We were 
surprised to find so many words in the 
Telugu common to the Gujerathi. 

In the training school are about 100 
boys. After completing their vernacular 
work the boys are given a short two years' 
theological course and then sent to the 

villages as teachers on small pay. After 
a year or so of experience they are called 
in for more advanced study and a more 
comprehensive course in theology. 

The London Mission has very few na- 
tive pastors though it has been long in the 
field. Formerly they produced more pas- 
tors but to their minds they did not prove 
out satisfactorily because of the grave 
weakness of the Indian mind to fall into 
partyism, so they discontinued the prac- 

On Monday morning through the 
kindness of Rev. Stevenson we took with 
us his native assistant who understands 
and speaks English well, and went to a 
village in the Cuddaoah District. Our 
object was to see the Christians in their 
rural condition. We went through the 
Christian ward, looked into their homes, 
asked them a hundred and one questions, 
pried into their spiritual state and tried to 
acquaint ourselves with conditions where 
people have become Christians en masse. 

Though they are not up to the ideal 
yet we were much pleased to see the 
progress that they are making. The mis- 
sion has a very well worked out and di- 
rected system for caring for the large 
number of Christians in its charge and 
we were glad for the splendid oppor- 
tunity we had to study out the details. 

Every clan or large family appoints an 
elder who becomes one of the Elders' 
Council. Anything calling for discipline 
is taken in hand by this council, the head 
of which is the village teacher. If they 
are unable to settle the difficulty then the 
Circle Catechist makes an effort. If he 
fails then the matter is presented to the 
missionary for adjustment or settlement 
as the case may require. 

Formerly the people were much ad- 
dicted to contracting heavy debts for the 
marriage of their children. Seeing that 
they would not be able to stop the prac- 
tice at once, the mission has sought to 
regulate it, and we are told is meeting 
with success. Where formerly from 
Rupees 100 to 150 indebtedness was in- 


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curred now the mission is able to keep 
them within the bounds of about one- 
fifth to one-eighth that amount, conse- 
quently the condition of the people is far 
better than it was formerly. 

The London Mission practices infant 
baptism. Adults on becoming Christians 
have their names changed while infants 
are given Christian names. Some mis- 
sions lay a great deal of stress on this 

point of changing the names while other 
missions stoutly oppose the practice. No 
doubt there is argument on both sides of 
the question. So far with us it is a ques- 
tion which we have not taken in hand one 
way or the other, leaving the people to do 
in that matter as they please. Generally 
they prefer to give their children Chris- 
tian names. 
Vyara, India. 

China's Thanksgiving for Rain 

Emma Horning 

HE rains have come at 
last in time to save 
many of the crops and 
put the foreigner's 
mind at rest in China. 
Because of the unset- 
tled state of the gov- 
ernment many feared 
the drought might be 
an immediate cause 
for an outbreak. To 
miss one harvest here means starvation 
to most people, for they believe in living 
well while they have it and trusting to 
fate when hard times come. 

Now every cloud seems to drop down 
its fullness and there is rejoicing every- 
where. A few days ago, in a temple not 
far from this one where I am studying 
this summer, there was a scene of great 
thanksgiving for the rain. The priest 
from here said he would go ahead to pre- 
pare us a room to eat our dinner. As 
soon as we arrived near the temple we 
were surrounded by a group of wonder- 
ing people. The priest soon saw us and 
led us through the crowd to the temple 
platform, at the back of which we had 
a fine view of the whole affair. The 
whole area was packed with standing 
men. Here and there was a cart filled 
with women, while the flat tops of sev- 
eral houses were crowded with women.. 

Temple Where Sister Horning" Lived. 
and Cook Stand Below. 


Here they were, from many villages 
around, all dressed in their best. A per- 
son is surprised at the amount of simple, 
good faces in these villages. There is a 
man with fan and glasses. Here is a 
young man with a foreign hat on. There 
is a lady with pink-painted cheeks. Here 
is a child with her face dotted with red 
beauty marks. 


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Goddess of Mercy Before Whom Children 
Frayed Three Days and Nights. 

Are you hungry? Here are refresh- 
ments of all kinds — apples, peaches, corn 
on the cob, a delicious kind of egg- soup, 
and bean preparations ; also melons of 
various kinds. 

But what are all these people doing - ? 
They are watching a religious theatrical 
performance on the stage in front of us. 
When we were seated they all turned 
their backs on the performance and 
gazed at us. We were certainly the cen- 
ter of attraction for some time. The 
theatrical went on just the same, though, 
and by and by their curiosity was satis- 
fied and they turned the other way. It 
was perhaps the first time they had seen 
a foreigner. 

The performance was very weird and 
peculiar, and one failed to see where 
thanksgiving came in, but it is a part of 
all their great religious observances. 
When asked why they do it they say it is 
to teach the people virtue. This was an 
incident from their ancient history. The 
chief character was a man who had 
gained a very high degree in the govern- 
ment literary examination. As a very 
great honor the king gave him his daugh- 
ter for his wife. After this great suc- 

cess he would not own his first wife and 
children. For this she brought a suit 
against him. He was tried, condemned, 
and beheaded for his disloyalty. 

They were dressed in finely embroid- 
ered royal robes and must seem very 
magnificent to these simple people. Dur- 
ing all the time a din of music was going 
on — drum, cymbal, etc. — rather crude 
but rhythmical. 

As this proceeded, every now and 
again you saw a procession pushing its 
way through the crowd, led by two large 
flags. This was the real thanksgiving — 
the offerings. Here comes a tray of bread, 
cakes and wine ; next a beautifully carved 
watermelon, carved in a fancy design. 
And here comes a sheep, all dressed. The 
head is carried separately and placed on 
its body later. These are all taken into 
the temple and placed before the gods. 
Many of the gods are placed in chairs, 
with fine robes on. Incense is burning 
all the time before them, and a few peo- 
ple come and kneel before them. Then 
a lot of fireworks is exploded. Fire- 
works are constantly used in their wor- 

The Interior of Sister Horning-'s Temple Home. 

Christ Has Entered, and in Picture Is 

Talking" to Samaritan Woman. 


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ship. They usually let a whole bunch 
explode at once. 

This is the last we staid to see, al- 
though it lasted for several days. It be- 
ing about two o'clock we ate our dinner 
and returned to our temple, thankful 
that we knew the true God, the Giver of 
all our blessings. 

They do the best they know. They 
pray to the gods for what they want, and 
when they get it they do not forget to be 
thankful. Oh, may they soon know the 
true way that will transform their hearts 
and lives ! So very few do have a chance 
to know. 

Ping Ting Chou, Shansi, China. 

History of the Spring Branch Church, 


L. B. Ihrig 

N the autumn of 1889 
Brother W. R. Rash, 
a deacon, with his 
wife moved from the 
Walnut Creek con- 
gregation, Johnson 
County, Missouri, to 
a point near Avery, 
on the line between 
Benton and Hickory 
Counties. A few 
months afterward Brethren Israel Cripe 
and Amos Wampler came to them and 
held a week's meeting in a schoolhouse 
near by. Some seven or eight were bap- 
tized and received into the fold. These 
brethren again returned in March, 1890, 
and baptized several more. These in 
time increased the number to twenty-two. 
Brother R. S. Rust, a minister, moved 
into their midst in June, 1890, and on 
July 12, in the same year, the band of be- 
lievers, numbering thirty-one in all, were 
organized into a separate congregation, 
adopting the name Spring Branch. Those 
elders present during the organization 
were Brethren F. Culp, M. T. Baer, John 
M. Mohler, J. L. Jordon and J. A. Yost. 
M. T. Baer was chosen as our first elder, 
and continued as such until his death in 
1904. Geo. N. Ihrig and John T. Fore- 
hand were chosen as deacons at this 

meeting and Geo. N. Ihrig church clerk. 

The church, feeling the need of more 
ministerial help, on January 12, 1892, 
B. E. Breshears and L. B. Ihrig were 
elected to the ministry and at about the 
same time Brother Rust moved from our 

In the fall of 1892 the church decided 
to build a churchhouse. Having received 
a donation of one hundred dollars from 
the General Mission Board the building 
was commenced at once. The house is 
26x36 feet and is built of native material, 
shingles and all, excepting the ceiling 
overhead and wainscoting up to the bot- 
tom of the windows. The floor, siding 
and cornice boards are all hand dressed. 
Our elder, M. T. Baer, acted as head 
carpenter and the brethren helped him 
do the work. This spring a kitchen will 
be built, 10x26 feet in dimensions. 

On August 14, 1896, Jacob Ihrig and 
Peter Ihrig were chosen as deacons and 
B. E. Breshears and L. B. Ihrig advanced 
to the second degree of the ministry, and 
on Nov. 13, 1904, L. B. Ihrig was ad- 
vanced to the full ministry and shortly 
afterwards was selected to succeed 
Brother M. T. Baer as elder (Brother 
Baer having died), and is still elder of 
the church. John W. Rash and J. F. 
Ihrig were elected deacons on January 


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Spring' Branch Church and Congregation. 

14, 1910. On November 14, 1910, Asro 
Breshears and Lessie V. Ihrig were 
elected to the ministry and Jasper Bresh- 
ears and E. I. Davis were chosen dea- 
cons. At present we have four ministers, 
one elder and three in the first degree, 
four deacons and fifty-five members. 

Our first Sunday-school was organized 
in March, 1890, with Geo. N. Ihrig, su- 
perintendent. For the first few years 
the school continued for the summer sea- 
son only, but for about twelve years the 
school has never been closed. Jasper 
Breshears is now superintendent, with 
Ernest Jones assistant, and we have as 
good or better Sunday-school than we 
have ever had. The District Meeting of 
Middle Missouri will be held in this 
church in October of the present year. 

We feel that our short history would 
not be complete without saying some- 
thing about the country. The church 
stands in the center of a little valley 
about one and one-half miles square, and 
the land is a rich, black soil. After having 
traveled several miles, over rough hilly 

roads, the stranger is agreeably surprised 
when he gets a first glimpse of this little 
valley, which is shaped something like 
the hoof of a horse, with the toe pointing 


A small boy raised in the slums of a 
city went to a mission Sabbath-school, 
and soon became an honest little Chris- 
tian believing the promises, " Those that 
seek me early shall find me," and " Seek 
ye first the kingdom of God and his 
righteousness and all these things shall 
be added unto you." 

Somebody wanted to test the genuine- 
ness of the boy's religion and asked him 
the question, " If God loves you, why 
doesn't He take better care of you ? Why 
doesn't He tell somebody to send you a 
pair of shoes, or else coal enough so that 
you can keep warm this winter?" 

The dear little fellow thought awhile 
and then said, as the big, burning tears 
rolled down his cheeks : " I guess He 
does tell somebody, and somebody for- 
gets." — Assembly Herald. 


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MOTTO: — Purpose, Protection, Purity 

Edited by General Temperance Committee and Published Quar- 
terly by the Brethren Publishing House, Elgin, 111. 


Great international Route. 

No Stop-over Checks. 

No Return Trains. 


Passenger Time Table. 
Stations on Main Line. 




Smoky Hollow 7: 00 A. M. 

Soft Drink Junction 8: 00 A. M. 
Moderation Falls .9:00 A. M. 
Tipplersville 10: 30 A. M. 

Topersville 11:15 A. M. 

Drunkard's Curve 11: 30 A. M. 
Rowdy Wood 11: 45 A. M. 

30 Arrive at Quarrelsburg Noon. 

Remains one hour to abuse Wife and Children. 
Miles. Time. 

32 Leave Bummer's Roost 1:00 P. M. 

34 " Beggar's Town 4: 00 P. M. 

36 " Deliriumville 6:00 P. M. 

38 " Rattlesnake Swamp 8: 00 P. M. 

40 " Prisonburg 10: 00 P. M. 

44 " Devil's Gap 10:30 P. M. 

46 Arrive Dark Valley 11:30 P. M. 

48 " Demon's Land 11: 45 P. M. 

50 " Dead River and Perdition, Midnight. 

Tickets for Sale by all Barkeepers. 
Annual Statement: — -Carries 400,000 Paupers. 
Brings Misery and Woe to 2,000,000. De- 
spatches 60,000 into Eternity unprepared. Car- 
ries 600,000 Drunkards. Conveys 100,000 
Criminals to Prison. 

A. L. COHOL, Agt. T. O. BACCO, Asst. 

D. E. VIL, General Manager. 


The Highest Aim. — Every Christian 
will be interested in the overthrow of the 
liquor traffic, because of the misery that 
it entails, not only upon the drunkard, 
but his family as well. Let us not for- 
get, however, that the highest aim of 
every ambassador of Christ, while help- 

ing to remove the temptation to drink, is 
to point the drunkard to the One who 
saves from the power and penalty of all 

That Is Not My Business. — A wealthy 
gentleman in one of our large cities, up- 
on being asked to assist in a series of 
temperance meetings remarked, " Gen- 
tlemen, it is not my business." A few 
days later he was seen driving in his fine 
carriage to the depot to meet his loved 
ones, who were soon to arrive. 

While waiting for the train the news of 
an accident, of a serious nature, on the 
very road on which his wife and daugh- 
ters were traveling, came in over the 

It is his " business " now. He phones 
the superintendent and offers him one 
thousand dollars for an extra engine to 
go to the scene. He is refused, and in a 
short time, which seemed long to him, 
the mangled forms of his loved ones are 
brought in on the special train sent for 
that purpose. 

A pint of whisky drank by an em- 
ployee of the road was the cause of the 
awful catastrophe. We are our brother's 
keeper. Let no one say " It is none of 
my business " that the saloon exists. 


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Are the Ministers Interested?— The 
ministers are to be ensamples to the 
flock. They are to warn them of impend- 
ing danger. They are to organize them, 
by the help of the Holy One, into a for- 
midable army against all sin. The only 
safe weapons in the battle against in- 
temperance are the sword and light. 
That means to fight and shine. If you 
fight without a light you will be branded 
as a hypocrite. If you have a light, but 
do not fight, you will be called a coward, 
if not a traitor. 

How many ministers are keeping in 
touch with this live question? How 
many have preached a real temperance 
sermon within the past twelve months? 
How many have asked and have given 
their members an opportunity to donate 
some of their means to this worthy 
cause? Do you know how your members 
are voting, if they are ? Do you say that 
your flock is not interested in politics? 
They may not be. However, upon inves- 
tigation you might find, what others have 
discovered, that while we are non-politi- 
cal, in name, quite a few are such radical 
politicians that they will vote for a wet 
candidate because they do not believe in 
voting a mixed ticket. 

# H- # 

The Work Organised. — As a matter 
of history let each reader of these lines 
search the minutes of Annual Confer- 
ence for 1908 and 1909 and acquaint 
himself with the beginnings and the 
foundation of the forward movement of 
our beloved fraternity in the fight 
against the liquor traffic. In harmony 
with said minutes — 

A General Temperance Committee will 
be maintained by the General Confer- 
ence, to which this Committee is respon- 
sible and to which it will report. The 
General Committee has planned to work 
in harmony with the General Conference. 
Accordingly — 

A District Temperance Committee 
will be maintained by each District, to 

which this committee is responsible and 
to which it will report. (Please report 
all changes in District Committees to the 
secretary of the General Temperance 
Committee.) Moreover — • 

A Local Temperance Committee will 
be maintained by each congregation, to 
which it is responsible and to which it 
will report. 

As the General Committee is urging 
all the Districts to organize, through 
whose committees the General Commit- 
tee will work, so each District Commit- 
tee will urge every congregation to ap- 
point or elect a Local Committee through 
which committees the District Commit- 
tee will work. 

A * * 

Plan the Work and Work the Plan. — 
We can hope for little if the work be not 
well planned, but we can hope for quite 
as little if the plan be not well worked. 

The members of all these committees 
should remind themselves that since they 
have been put to the front in this fight 
against the monster evil of intemperance 
by our beloved fraternity it becomes 
them to quit themselves like men and go 
to work and be true to the important 
trust placed in their hands and care. 

* * * 

A Temperance Program at the Annual 
Conference each year will be the aim and 
hope of the General Committee, so each 
District Committee is urged to aim to 
have some phase of the temperance ques- 
tion presented at each and every Minis- 
terial Meeting and District Sunday- 
school Convention or Bible Institute. 

* * * 

The Temperance Literature recom- 
mended by the General Temperance 
Committee through the columns of the 
Bulletin should become familiar to all 
the members of the District and Local 
Committees, and this literature should be 
spread in a large way in every commun- 
ity touched by the Brotherhood. 


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The Goal to Be Reached is the elimi- 
nation of the unrighteous liquor traffic 
by preaching the Gospel, by the conver- 
sion of souls to Christ, and by the enact- 
ment and enforcement of local option or 
prohibitory laws in the several States 
and in the nation. It is plain to see that 
good results may be expected only to the 
extent that thorough work is planned for 
and carried into effect in the local con- 
gregation. It will be the duty of the Dis- 
trict Committee to urge and help the 
Local Committee to create sentiment 
against this great evil. 
& * * 

Temperance Meetings must be held in 
all our borders. A temperance sermon 
is to be preached in each churchhouse 
in every congregation once each year. 
An offering is to be called for at all Dis- 
trict and local temperance meetings and 
when the annual temperance sermon is 
preached. All of these offerings, to- 
gether with the quarterly offerings from 
all of our Sunday-schools, are to be sent 
to Eld. P. J. Blough, Treasurer, 
Hooversville, Pa. (See A. M. Minutes 
referred to above.) 

* * * 

The Offerings should be both regular 
and liberal, for in addition to the ordi- 
nary expenses it is the desire of the Gen- 
eral Committee to be helpful in many 
ways. , 

* * * 

A Temperance Evangelist will be free- 
ly sent into any District when a desire is 
expressed for such service if the fund 
will permit. 

* * * 

A Report of the work done in the local 
churches should be made to the several 
District Committees from time to time. 
The General Committee earnestly desires 
and expects such a report from the Dis- 
trict Committee at least annually on or 
before the first of May. Said committee 
will be pleased to hear at frequent inter- 
vals of the progress made, of the ob- 

stacles encountered and of victories won 
and also to receive such suggestions as 
may be deemed beneficial to the General 

And now may the benediction of the 
love and grace and wisdom of God be 
upon us to the end that we shall be will- 
ing, joyful and fruitful workers in every 
field where He would have us labor. Let 
us pray each morning, " God bless me 
and make me a blessing today." Let us 
with consecrated hearts make a real, a 
united, a consecrated effort to drive from 
our fair land the monster evil of intem- 
perance and thereby arrest the ruin, the 
wreckage and the tears that are caused 
by the unrighteous traffic in alcoholic 

We are faithfully, 
Your brethren and servants, 
The General Temperance Committee. 
J. W. Lear, Chairman. 
W. M. Howe, Secretary, 
P. J. Blough, Treasurer. 

* * * 


1. Music. 
Vote, Vote, Vote, the Boys Are March- 

Tune: "Tramp, Tramp, Tramp, the 
Boys are Marching." Key of C. 

There's a movement strong and grand 

Spreading over all the land, 
Giving hope of peace and gladness to the 

'Tis a battle for the right, 

And our boys are in the fight, 
And our flag of Prohibition is unfurled. 


Vote, vote, vote, the boys are marching; 
Cheer up, comrades, never yield; 

We are ready for the fray, 

And we'll surely win the day, 
And we'll drive the League of Liquor from 
the field. 

Shall our birthright be denied? 

Shall we see our laws defied 
By a liquor league of dealers, who demand, 

In a bitter tone of hate, 

That within our own loved State 
No law that checks their hellish trade must 


No! the edict has gone forth 

From the South, the East, the North, 


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From the valley to the highest mountain 
With our fortunes and our lives, 
We'll protect our sons and wives, 

And defend the sacred altars of our homes. 


2. Responsive Reading. — Prov. 23: 29-35. 

3. Temperance Hymn. — Tune Hebron, 

L. M. 
Bondage and death the cup contains; 

Dash to the earth the poisoned bowl! 
Softer than silk are iron chains, 

Compared with those that chafe the soul. 
Spare, Lord, the thoughtless, guide the 
Till man no more shall deem it just 
To live by forging chains to bind 
His weaker brother in the dust. 

— Sargent. 

4. Prayer. 

5. Remarks by Superintendent. 

6. Temperance Motto — 

"Temperate in all things 
Thankful for anything 
Watchful in everything." 

7. Recitation of Lesson. 

8. Blackboard Exercise. 

9. Temperance Exercise. 


First Speaker — 
Cease to do evil and learn to do well, 
Let nothing crooked in mind or heart dwell, 
Banish all hatred, say no to each sin, 
Keep your life growing in beauty within. 

All in Unison — 
Keep your life straight, keep your life 

Cease to do evil, and aim to be great; 
Keep your , life straight, keep your life 

If ycu would enter the beautiful gg,te. 

Second Speaker — 
Try to be helpful, more noble and true, 
Seeking with gladness the Christ-will to do; 
Temperate living and self-controlled life, 
Banish forever all bondage and strife. 

Third Speaker — 
Grow in the stature of Jesus each day, 
Leading up higher the souls gone astray, 
Keeping your spirit with purity white, 
Facing the glory of God's holy light. 

All in Unison — ■ 
Keep your life straight, keep your life 

Cease to do evil, and aim to be great; 
-Keep your life straight, keep your life 
If you would enter the beautiful gate. 

10. A Recitation. 



'Tis not what we have that commends us to 

But character dwelling within, 
A heart that will scorn everything that is 

And shun e'en the whisper of sin. 
We oft may pretend in our folly and pride 

That no one our fame can deny, 
Forgetting the Lord sees us just as we are, 

When we label ourselves too high. 

Start right at the bottom and work your 
way up; 
The progress may be very slow, 
But when on life's ladder you rise step by 
'Tis the greatest of comfort to know 
You've earned the distinction by good hon- 
est work, 
And not tried to live out a lie; 
False greatness and true, are like darkness 
and light; 
Do not label yourself too high. 

The quantity never will count up above, 

But quality goes to the top; 
Be humble in spirit, and reach for the best, 

Else close to the bottom you'll drop. 
Let love rule each action, you'll find your 
right place, 
If not on this earth, by and by, 
When the wheat shall be sifted away from 
the chaff; 
Don't label yourself too high. 

—Lizzie DeArmond. 

11. Address by Pastor. 

12. Temperance Doxology. 

" Praise God from whom all blessings flow; 
Praise Him who heals the deepest woe; 
Praise Him who leads the Temperance 

Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost." 

13. Dismissal. 

Just Stop Before You Begin. 

When tempted to say what is really untrue, 

A laugh from others to win, 
Remember how much may depend on your 
word, — 

Just stop before you begin. 

When prone to repeat to a neighbor or 
A tale of folly and sin, 
Oh, think how you'd feel if it had been 
yourself, — 
Just stop before you begin. 

If jealousy threatens your life to control, 

And gain a foothold within, 
Oh, keep a strong rein on this dangerous 
steed, — 

Just stop before you begin. 

Be temperate always in thought, word and 
If life eternal you'd win; 
The power of habit a giant will prove, — 
Just stop before you begin. 

— Lizzie DeArmond. 


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Oh, say! do you see on our star-spangled 
The red stains of a crime that dishonors 
the nation, 
Which soon in its course would to infamy 
And make of our land one vast desola- 
See the woe and despair! hark what cries 

fill the air 
As the wide flood of ruin pours on every- 
'Tis the curse of the demon that fain 

would enslave 
All the free, and defile all the good and 
the brave. 

Long, long doth the tyrant his iron sway 
In paths drenched in blood, law and order 
Till thousands of homes of the drunkards 
are filled 
With vain prayers for help or the groans 
of the dying; 
Yet the lava-tide flows, amid shrieks, wails, 

and throes 
Of victims that know not relief nor repose, 
And still the striped banner in mockery 

Over millions of souls rushing on to their 

But, look! — through the gloom of the night 
and the storm 
Arises a star, on Mercy's high mission, 
It pierces the darkness — mark how its rays 
In letters of light, the sign "prohibition." 
This our war-cry shall be, till from sea to 

far sea, 
Rings one shout from our nation, "Once 
more we are free! " 
And again our bright banner in triumph 

shall wave 
O'er the homes of the free and domains 
of the brave. 

Oh. then, let us rise in our God-given might 

To drive out the foe and all his pollution 
With prayers and with ballots, to urge on 
the fight, 
And courage that never will know dimi- 
So, with victory blest, in peace we shall rest, 
Assured of our birth-right of Freedom pos- 
While the Star-spangled Banner forever 

shall wave 
O'er the land of the free, of the pure, and 
the brave! 

* A * 


" I was sitting at my breakfast table 
one Sabbath morning," says Rev. Alex. 
Hoagland, "when I was called to -my 

door by the ringing of the bell. There 
stood a boy about fourteen years of age, 
poorly clad, but tidied up the best he 
could be. He was leaning upon crutch- 
es ; one leg off at the knee. In a voice 
trembling with emotion, and tears cours- 
ing down his cheeks he said : ' Air. 
Hoagland, I am Freddie Brown. I have 
come to see if you will go to jail and talk 
and pray with my father. He is to be 
hanged tomorow for the murder of my 
mother. My father was a good man, but 
whisky did it. I have three little sisters 
younger than myself. We are very, very 
poor and have no friends. We live in a 
little dark and dingy room. I do the best 
I can to support my sisters by selling 
papers, blacking boots and doing odd 
jobs, but, Mr. Hoagland, we are awful 
poor. Will you come and be with us 
when father's body is brought home? 
The governor says we may have his 
body after he is hanged.' I was deeply 
moved to pity. I promised and hastened 
to the jail, where I found his father. He 
acknowledged that he must have mur- 
dered his wife, for the circumstances all 
pointed that way, but he had not the 
slightest rememberance of the deed. He 
said he was crazed with drink or he never 
would have committed the crime. He 
said : ' My wife was a good woman, and 
a faithful mother to my children. Never 
did I dream that my hand could be guilty 
of such, a crime.' The man could face 
the penalty of the law bravely for his 
deed, but he broke down and cried as if 
his heart would break when he thought 
of what he had done and of leaving his 
children fatherless, motherless and des- 
titute. All I could do was to read and 
pray with him and leave him to his fate. 
The next morning I made my way to the 
miserable quarters of the children. I 
found three little girls upon a bed of 
straw in one corner of the dark, dingy 
room. They were clad in rags and hun- 
gry. They were beautiful girls, had they 
had proper care. They were expecting 
the body of their dead father, and be- 


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tween their cries and sobs they would 
say, ' Papa was good, but it was whisky 
did it.' In a little time two strong- offi- 
cers came, bearing the body of the dead 
father in a rude pine box. They set it 
down on two old rickety stools. The 
cries of the children were so heart-rend- 
ing that the officers could not endure it, 
and made haste out of the room, leaving 
me alone with this terrible scene. 

" In a moment the manly boy nerved 
himself and said : ' Come, sisters ; kiss 
papa's face before it is cold.' They gath- 
ered about his face, and smoothed it 
down with kisses, and between their sobs 
cried out : ' Papa was good, but whisky 
did it.' I then and there raised my heart 
to God and said, 'O God, did I fight to 
save a country that would license and 
derive a revenue from a traffic that 
would make one scene like this possible !' 
In my heart I said, ' In the whole history 
of the accursed traffic there has not been 
enough revenue derived to pay for one 
such scene as this. The loving wife and 
mother murdered, the father hanged, the 
children outraged, and the home de- 
stroyed.' I there promised my God that 
I would never again vote for any man, 
no matter what his Christian profession, 
who would accept the nomination of any 
political party that would license the ac- 
cursed traffic. I promised God that I 
would cast my vote only to save my 
country from the rule of the rum oli- 

A system of government that derives 
revenue from scenes such as these de- 
picted in this story must either change 
its course or die. Brother, the church 
can kill this traffic if it will. If it will 
not, the church is responsible. What the 
liquor traffic did for this family — and 
this is a true story — it is doing here in 
Los Angeles in scores, yes, hundreds of 
families. What about it, Ministerial As- 
sociation? W r hat about it, Federation 
Club? What about it, good government 
officials? "Regulate it," do you say? 
" Make the license higher," did you say? 

What ! license crime ! Protect crime ! 
Take revenue from ,the strangling victim 
and hangman's noose ! License it ! Reg- 
ulate it ! Compromise with it ! Take 
revenue coined from the broken heart 
and clotted blood of murdered mothers? 
Take revenue — high protective revenue 
and coin it into cold and hunger and 
nakeness in the dingy rooms of the ten- 
ants, coin it into murder, suicide, in- 
sanity, heartache, wretchedness, and 
death? Mr. Gibbons of the Herald said 
before the Federation Club.: " It's a con- 
dition and not a theory that we confront." 
Yes, a condition, and we made the condi- 
tion. The Herald helped and is helping 
now to make the conditions, and so is 
every man who casts a vote for any man 
or any party that will license it. To li- 
cense it is sin. Every minister knows it, 
every Christian man knows it, and every 
man who votes for any nominee of any 
party that will license sin, is a partner in 
that sin. , 


ft * * 


No Brink for Me. 

First Boy. 
Thank you, sir, no wine for me! 
When I'm a man, I hope to be 
A railroad engineer — first class, — 
And if I drink I cannot pass; 
For railroad bosses have no use 
For boys who wines 'and liquors choose. 

Second Boy. 
Thank you, sir, no rum for me! 
When I'm a man, I hope to be 
A famous surgeon, and must try 
To keep my head, my hand, my eye 
Steady and true, so I'll refrain 
From drink that steals strength, skill and 

Third Boy. 

Thank you, sir, no rock and rye 
To cure my cold, for by and by 
I'll be a lawyer, and my plea 
Shall be for truth and equity; 
And liquor, be it hot or cold, 
Destroys good judgment, I am told. 

Fourth Boy. 

Thank you, sir, no fiery gin! 
I never can my fond hope win 
To be a scholar, learned and wise, 


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If this debasing drink I prize; 

For Shakespeare says, When liquor's in, 

The wit is out. — I'll not begin. 

Fifth Boy. 

Thank you, sir! It wouldn't do 
To even taste the stuff you brew. 
There are other boys we want to save; 
Boys who will fill a drunkard's grave, 
Unless we help to keep them right; 
And so, old Alcohol, we'll fight. 

Sixth Boy. 

Thank you, sir! No ale, no beer, 
No alcohol, no whisky clear, 
Shall pass my lips, for I've a plan, — 
I want to be a good true man; 
And if I drink I cannot be 
The manly man all love to see. 


We'll all be men, good, honest, true! 
With liquor we'll have naught to do, 
And thus escape its mighty power; 
We'll sign the pledge this very hour. 
Clean, sober boys we'll be, and then 
We'll grow up into sober men. 


" I'd just like to know," said Hal Black to 

"Where 'Royal Road' is, anyway; 
And, if I but knew just what I should do 

To find it, I'd start out today." 
" Well it's very clear you won't find it here," 

Said Joe then to Hal. " Don't you try; 
It's ever so far, where kings and queens are, 

But why should we care, you and I?" 

" I cannot read well and hardly can spell," 

Said Hal; "but a paper I found — 
The words when spelled out were some- 
thing about 

A 'Royal Road' somewhere around." 
" Oh, yes," answered Joe, " but do you not 

Such a road is the king's highway; 
And it leads right straight to a palace gate, 

Where poor boys like us cannot stay? 

"So jump up, old boy, and do not annoy. 

Your mind with things mighty and high; 
You're wasting your time, while many a 

Has been quickly passing you by. 
Trade here is no go; I'm off now," said Joe, 

" Papers to sell, this fine weather, 
When ' Royal Road's found just please call 

We'll journey on it together." 

Good Grandfather Van was quite an old 
And silvery white was his hair; 
Just out for a walk, he heard these boys 
And thought he would speak to them 

"Come — halloo! halloo!" he called out to 

" Bring a morning paper, my son. 
Hal, if you have time, please give me a shine, 

But I want it very well done." 

Then quickly Hal flew to the dusty shoe 

Which good Grandfather Van held out; 
Soon the old man said, "What was it you 

What road were you talking about? " 
Then Joe quickly spoke, "O sir, 'twas a 

Hal gets spells of being high-flown; 
He talks about kings and such sort of things 

As if they could all be his own." 

Hal did not demur. " ' Tis the ' Royal Road,' 

I wish I could travel today." 
" My dear boy, you can," said Grandfather 

"And now I will show you the way. 
Just do what is right — walk in God's sight. 

Each day, and then patiently wait. 
Your Father, the King, in safety will bring 

His child to the bright, pearly gate. 

" No palace below, compares, Hal and Joe, 

With the one that is waiting for those 
Who tried to-do right, who walked in God's 
And always the 'Royal Road' chose." 
"I'll try, sir," said Joe, "And Hal will, I 
Though to us the track is so new; 
If oaper or shine you wish any time, 
We're the boys to always serve you." 

— Susan Teall Perry. 


' Twas a dangerous cliff, as they freely con- 
Though to walk near its crest was so 
But over its terrible edge there had slipped 

A duke and full many a peasant; 
So the people said something would have to 
be done, 
But their projects did not at all tally, 
Some said, " Put a fence around the edge of 
the cliff;" 
Some, "An ambulance down in the valley." 

But the cry for the ambulance carried the 
For it spread through the neighboring 
A fence may be useful or not, it is true. 

But each heart became brimful of pity 
For those who slipped over that dangerous 
And the dwellers in highway and alley 
Gave pounds or gave pence, not to put up 
a fence, 
But an ambulance down in the valley. 


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" For the cliff is all right if you're careful/'.. 
they said, 
"And if folks even slip and are dropping, 
It isn't the slipping that hurts them so 
As the shock down below — when they're 
So, day after day, as these mishaps oc- 
Quick forth would these rescuers sally, 
To pick up the victims who fell off the cliff 
With their ambulance down in the valley. 

Then an old sage remarked, " It's a marvel 
to me 
That people give far more attention 
To repairing results than to stopping the 
When they'd much better aim at preven- 
Let us stop at its source all this mischief," 
cried he, 
"Come, neighbors and friends, let us rally; 
If the cliff we will fence we might almost 
With the ambulance down In the valley." 

"Oh, he's a fanatic," the others rejoined; 
"Dispense with the ambulance? Never! 
He'd dispense with all charities, too, if he 
No, no! We'll support them forever! 
Aren't we picking folk up just as fast as 
they fall? 
And shall this man dictate to us? Shall 
Why should people of sense stop to put up 
a fence 
While their ambulance works in the val- 
ley? " 

But a sensible few, who are practical, too, 
Will not bear with such nonsense much 
They believe that prevention is better than 
And their party will soon be the stronger. 
Encourage them, then, with your purse, 
voice and pen, 
And (while other philanthropists dally) 
They will scorn all pretense and put up a 
stout fence 
On the cliff that hangs over the valley. 

Better guide well the young than reclaim 
them when old, 
For the voice of true wisdom is calling; 
"To rescue the fallen is good, but 'tis best 

To prevent other people from falling." 
Better close up the source of temptation 
and crime 
Than deliver from dungeon or galley; 
Better put a strong fence 'round the top of 
the cliff, 
Than an ambulance dc wn in the valley? 
— Joseph Malins. 

Winona Temperance Addresses. 

The General Temperance Committee 
has secured all the remaining copies of 
the last issue of the book containing - ad- 
dresses from thirteen of the world's 
greatest temperance speakers. These 
addresses were delivered at a great 
temperance convention at Winona 
Lake, Ind. The book was made to 
sell at 50c, and many paid that price. The 
committee will fill orders for this valu- 
able book for 20c each. Ministers may 
secure it for 10c. Send all orders to W. 
M. Howe, 1012 Bedford St., Johnstown, 

" The Last Words of a Convicted 

" Dickie-Rose Debate on Prohibition." 

Temperance Bulletins Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 

Send all orders to Brethren Publishing 
House, Elgin, 111., for the last three 

The rich keep saloons away from their 
homes with money. The poor can do it 
with their votes. 

How can liquor be good for the town 
when it is not good for a single person in 
the town? 

The United States revenue list for last 
year shows a falling off from the pre- 
vious year of 482 in the number of 
Rhode Island liquor dealers. 

The nation's total revenue from liquor 
is about 27 per cent of all its revenue. 
This means the national revenue from 
liquor amounts to about $2.24 per capita. 
The nation spent for liquor during 
1908 about $24.94 per capita. Consider- 
able difference between the revenue and 
the expense. 

A temperance speaker says: % 
" One boy out of every five is doomed 
to ruin through the open saloon ; one out 
of every seven to a drunkard's death." 


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Missionary Notes and Jottings 

I. J. Rosenberger 

1. I have been a reader of the different 
missionary journals this winter, from 
which I have learned some things of in- 
terest. I note as follows : " The foreign- 
ers annually coming to our ports number 
about half a million ; not as years ago, 
from Northern Europe and Great Brit- 
ain, not from the stock from which our 
ancestors came, who helped to build up 
our country ; but these now are chiefly 
from Eastern and Southern Europe. 
Last year more than one million foreign- 
ers landed at our various seaboard citj 
More than two-thirds of these came from 
Italy, Austria and Russia. Of these 
Texas got 18,000, Missouri 10,000, 
Louisiana 2,000, Florida 6,000, Marvland 
4,000, Alabama 1,000, Oklahoma 15,000. 
Other States less than 1,000 each." What 
a wonderful foreign mission field is 
brought right to our doors ! 

2. Some of the modern facilities aiding 
mission work we note as follows: 

a. The Bible translated into 421 lan- 
guages and dialects. 

b. One hundred and seventy thousand 
miles of submarine cable. 

c. Increased printing facilities. Carey's 
first Bible could not be bought for less 
than $20. Now Bibles are sold for a 
mere pittance and thousands of copies 
are donated. 

d. Revolutions and changes have made 
it possible to make mission fields of well- 
nigh the entire habitable world. 

3. A Chinese woman quizzed a mis- 
sionary as follows : 

" Is your mother-in-law living?" 
" No," answered the missionary. 
"Does your husband get drunk?" 

" No" 

" Does he smoke?" 
•' No." 

" Does he beat you?" 

" No, he has never struck me in his 

It took the Chinese sister several min- 
utes to become convinced of this aston- 
ishing fact, and then she said impressive- 
ly : " You have been talking to me of 
heaven and hell in the world to come. 
Your life now is in heaven and mine is in 
hell." The life of the average Chinese 
woman, while perhaps more free and 
often happier than that of her sister in 
India and Moslem lands, nevertheless is 
one of hardship and suffering from the 
cradle to the grave. — Missionary Reviezv. 

jt <£ 


A person who by birth, wealth and 
education should have been a gentleman, 
but who was not, went to see a coal mine. 
The miner who took him down was a 
Christian, and was much pained by the 
profane language used by the visitor. 
As they descended the shaft, they felt it 
getting hotter and hotter ; at last the 
heat became so great that the visitor 

" Dear me, it's terribly hot ; I wonder 
how far it is to hell ? " 

"I don't know the exact distance, sir," 
replied the Christian miner, gravely, 
" but if one link of the chain gives way, 
you'll be there in a minute." 

This plain answer was the means of 
rousing the profane man to a sense of 
his perilous position. In the case of 
every unconverted man, there is only a 
step — a breath — betwixt him and death. 
"And after death the judgment." — Se- 
lected by Anna Lesh. 


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" He is risen, even as He said." 

Heavenly hosts sang of the birth of 
Christ; an angel from God, with visage 
of lightning and snowy raiment, an- 
nounced His resurrection. To keepers 
of sheep was His birth proclaimed; to 
holy women was His resurrection made 
known. If Christ's birth brought glad- 
ness, His resurrection brings ineffable 
joy. For who could but lament the day 
of his birth, were it not for the sense of a 
resurrection morn? If the joy of His 
birth has rejuvenated this old world, and 
if the example of His life has inspired 
unceasing pursuit for the noblest and 
the purest and the best, then His death 
is the personification of accomplishment. 

Jesus the Christ was born among the 
Jews; with them He lived. Mighty 
works were done for their sake, but they 
were the keenest of disappointments. 
Tyre and Sidon would have done more. 
He never went to others. Life was too 
short. His time was too valuable to be 
longer away from the courts of heaven. 
He could not be expected to remain long- 
er in a cold and chilly world. Only to 
the Jews was it necessary to exemplify 
the resurrected life. Their negation of 
His Messiahship only enkindled the am- 
bition of God's holy men to sow the seed 
broadcast. Thus may we .have joy 
that the stone was rolled away. Thus 
have we hope in His death and in the res- 

# * * 

Christ arose, "as He said." His reli- 
gion yet needed a Calvary and an Easter 

morn. Many before and since have for- 
mulated codes of ethics and exemplified 
them by their lives, but who before or 
since has hallowed His principles by a 
spotless life and an empty tomb ? The 
death of earth's philosophers has spelled 
death to earth's religious systems ; the 
death of God's heaven-born Son breathed 
life into His heaven-born religion. 
Through His life and death was resur- 
rected from the rubbish and the decay 
and the impurities of earth the only hope 
God has to offer to mankind. 

Calvary spells atonement, and the va- 
cant tomb, eternal life. Then, as Mary 
and Salome and the other Mary, let us 
hasten with the glad message. Receive 
no word in doubt, believe no other Name ; 
with no faltering ; with light heart and 
praise and adoration, in simple faith let 
us proclaim the heavenly message. By 
resurrected life may our joy be made 
known throughout the world, — not by- 
giddy joy, nor Easter gewgaws, but by 
Easter efforts and renewed godliness. 

It is said that at the funeral of the late 
king of Siam, Chulalongkorn, there were, 
in the procession, his six hundred wid- 
ows. At once we unconsciously express 
our minds on such conditions. Revolt- 
ing as they may be, with our advanced 
state of civilization, we have slight mar- 
gin for unfavorable comment. A coun- 
try that will permit such conditions of 
polygamy as are exposed by ex-Senator 
Frank Cannon of Utah, in Everybody's 
Magazine, on conditions in Utah, and a 


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land that sanctions divorce for such 
trivial reasons, has but little grounds on 
which to lament the sins of another. 

According to the March number of the 
Intercollegian there sailed from the Unit- 
ed States and Canada during 1910, 368 
missionaries. By countries they are dis- 
tributed as follows: In Africa, thirty- 
one ; China, 128 ; India and Burma, sixty- 
nine ; Japan, twenty-one ; Korea, eight- 
een ; South America, nineteen ; Turkey, 
fifteen ; Alaska, three ; Philippines and 
West Indies, twenty-one ; Mexico, ten ; 
other countries thirty-three. The total 
number of sailed volunteers is now 4,784. 
How many of these did our church con- 
tribute? Two. May God help that the 
number may be ten times two or more 
for the year 1911 ! 

A step in the direction of delivering a 
scare to the liquor interests of this coun- 
try is now well under way in what is 
known as the Three Million League Club. 
This organization of prohibitionists is 
sending out blanks asking signatures of 
those who will pledge themselves to vote 
for a Prohibition president in 1912, pro- 
viding three million names are secured. 
This will prove a chance for every one 
to prove himself a man, and every man 
to prove himself a voter. 

Brother I. J. Rosenberger's article in 
this issue of the Missionary Visitor 
calls attention to our ever-increasing for- 
eign population. Millions of people are 
coming to our shores. Living in the 
broad open country, it is sometimes dif- 
ficult to realize the magnitude of the 
never-ceasing stream of immigrants who 
pour through our ports into our blessed 
land. These people must be cared for. 
They satisfy their hunger by the demands 
made for labor and the prices they com- 
mand. But for their souls the famine in 
many places is pathetic. We do not get 

the flower of Europe as in the days of 
our forefathers, but in a great many in- 
stances we draw from the worst instead 
of the best. 

Thus God in His own good time is 
helping to solve the foreign problem. 
The oceans with their immigrants and 
emigrants no longer divide us. They 
unite us. He places at our doors those 
whom we have been so slow in helping. 
In order that He may better accommo- 
date those people who only believe in 
home missions, He has transferred a 
goodly foreign population to our own 
land. " He moves in a mysterious way, 
His wonders to perform." 

Sister Mary N. Ouinter plans to sail 
for India from New York City some time 
in April. Sister Quinter has spent a very 
pleasant year in this country and returns 
to her field with much gladness of heart. 

A letter from Sister Horning, in China, 
tells of the plague which is raging in that 
country. While the dread disease is 
quite a distance from them, it is slowly 
coming in their direction. Very close 
watch is being kept on the disease, and 
Sister Horning expresses no fears as to 
their location. They are not directly on 
a railroad, and this she feels will be for 
their protection at this time. 

In Eastern China, in the northern part 
of the provinces of Kiangso and Anhwei, 
some 10,000,000 inhabitants are cower- 
ing before the monster, famine. It is 
estimated that $1,000,000 at least will be 
needed to carry them over to the next 
harvest. The people are desperate and 
• the government has taken steps to assist. 
But the amount is reported to be inade- 
quate for the demands. While no gener- 
al call has been made to our people to as- 
sist in this work, yet we are receiving 
considerable funds to forward to China 


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for the famine sufferers. We shall be 
very glad to care for any money that is 
sent to us for this purpose, and the same 
will be forwarded as rapidly as possible. 

The regular spring meeting of the 
General Mission Board has now been 
definitely set for April 6 and 7. Any 
business that is intended for this meeting 
should be sent in without delay. 

The American Sunday-school Union 
is doing a noble work in the frontier 
places of our land. We notice that since 
March 1 of last year the missionaries of 
this society started 856 Sunday-schools, 
with 35,949 scholars, and were the means 
of assisting 1,041 old schools having an 
attendance of 81,363 scholars. During 
the time they also made 84,816 visits to 


# # * 

A letter from Brother Jesse Emmert, 
of India, states that the machinery or- 
dered by him while in America has ar- 
rived and he has been very busy getting 
it in shape for operation. The broom 
machine was about ready to work, and 
since Brother Lichty had raised some 
broom corn it looked as though this 
would be a success. The engine ordered 
by him had just arrived. This will be in- 
teresting news to those who have so will- 

ingly assisted the India industrial work. 

* # * 

Brother Wilbur Stover has his hands 
pretty well filled with the numbers who 
are seeking admission into the church in 
his territory. He thinks he could receive 
1,000 into the church in a month's time 
if he had the needed pastors to care for 
them. Thus manifold blessings are at- 
tending the efforts of our consecrated 
missionaries in India. Brethren, let us 
not cease praying for the salvation of In- 
dia and the world as well, and let us not 
forget to pray and labor for reapers for 
the needy fields ! 

* * # 

We have before us a report of the ex- 
ercises of the twenty-first anniversary of 
the Chicago Tract Society. The work 
for 1910 was about twelve per cent larger 
than during the previous year. Their 
missionaries used orally twenty-four lan- 
guages, while literature distributed rep- 
resented thirty-three. In these languages 
over 7,000,000 pages of literature were 
sent out. One missionary during 1910 
visited 7,836 homes. Some results of 
their work is the organization of the 
First Lettish Church, regular services 
among the Finlanders and a large work 
among the Bohemians. The income of 
the Society for last year was over $18,- 
000. It is a source of joy that this So- 
ciety is doing good work among the na- 
tion's adopted sons and daughters. 


An old man in Pekin, China, many 
years ago made a certain vow and during 
1910 decided to fulfill his vow by spend- 
ing the few hundred dollars he had saved 
in repairing a temple. Twice he was ar- 
rested by the Chinese and rebuked in 
court by the magistrate for encouraging 
superstition. He was blamed for wast- 
ing his money on temple repairing when 

the government was turning the temples 
into schools. This shows the trend of 
New China, but will Christianity keep 

Nearly 2,800 communicants were 
added each week to the native churches 
of foreign lands during last year. 


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The press announces that a congress 
of Baptists has convened in the capital 
of Russia and has without molestation 
carried through its program. Russia 
cannot restrain the onward rush of the 
Kingdom of God. 

»!>/ r 

Of the Mormons the Guadalajara 
^ Mexico) Times says this: '' The next 
Mormon trek will be from Utah to Mex- 
ico. Agents of the Church have pur- 
chased over one hundred thousand acres 
in the State of Coahuila, and the new set- 
tlers have the assurance of President 
Diaz that polygamy and other practices 
of the Church will not be interfered with. 
The Latter-Day Saints will have the 
same privileges as the ordinary every day 

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of 
Guatemala hopes for great things. He 
has promised to grant one hundred days' 
indulgence to those who will pray for 
the overthrow of Protestantism in that 

Some Buddhist sects are bold enough 
to have adopted Christian hymns in place 
of their own " Nembutsu," and some 
Buddhist temples are now used as places 
for conducting marriage ceremonies 
after the manner of Christian churches. 
Thus Buddhist priests are busily pursu- 
ing the fashions of the day. — The Japan 


j ///// 

Dr. Wilfred Grenfell, the Labrador 
missionary, has been presented with a 
big hospital boat called the " Yale," for 
the university whose men presented it. 

Baron Kikuchi, the head of the Edu- 
cational Department of Japan, says that 
in that countrv ninety-eight per cent of 
the children are in public school. 

Porto Rico now has a splendid school 
system. She has 2,040 schools, 87,236 

scholars, 1,736 teachers, and a rural 
schoolhouse in every village. 

^ <SsS 

Two bootblacks came into the lime- 
light last week, one a Greek, the other an 
Italian. The former was appointed 
Greek vice-consul at Aberdeen, South 
Dakota, and the other returned to Italy 
with $10,000 in American gold which he 
had saved the past thirteen years in a 
shoe-shine parlor at Paterson, New ler- 
sey. That is what opportunity spells for 
the immigrant. — Missions. 

"Allowing each letter (not chapter, or 
verse or word, but each letter) of the 
Bible to represent a Chinaman, it would 
take one hundred and ten Bibles to rep- 
resent them all." 

Less than two hundred Protestant 
ordained missionaries are at work in 
South America. Surely South America, 
with its 7,500,000 square miles and 40 r 
000,000 people is the World's Empty 


It costs $55,000 to make a 12-inch gun. 
The money that goes to pay for this gun 
would reclaim 1,571 acres of land, pro- 
viding homes for 196 people. When all 
the guns on all the battleships are shot 
one time, the government blows off in 
noise and smoke $150,000. This would 
reclaim more than 4,000 acres of land, 
giving homes to more than 500 farmers 
and their families. The money con- 
sumed in powder is lost to all future. — 
The American Missionary. 

The chairman of the Laymen's Move- 
ment in the Methodist Episcopal church, 
South, Mr. John R. Pepper, recently 
said : 

" Only one out of every four women 
and only one out of every eight men of 
the average church have given any 
amount to foreign missions. When this 


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fact is known no argument is necessary 
to show the crying need for business 
system in missionary finance." 

Koreans mean business for their new- 
found King Immanuel. In a recent 
evangelistic campaign in Seoul, Korea, 
the native leaders proposed to hire every 
hall and amusement theatre in the city 
for a month so that the only, attraction 
would be the evangelistic meetings which 
were held every night in these same 

Persia is a closed land at present. A 
missionary in that country writes : ' I 
often wonder what news you read of 
Persia in the daily papers. We have 
most contradictory reports from which 
we try to sift a modicum of truth." Of 
their newspaper the missionary con- 
tinues : " We have the Public News, 
which corresponds to your daily papers. 
It is telegraphic news via India, written 
out by an Armenian clerk in a big book, 
often without punctuation, and it is car- 
ried around to every one who pays a 
little over a shilling a month for it, and 
one reads it while the .man waits !" 

Dr. Ignatz Zalson of Austria, a learned 
Jew and author of a book on the Jewish 
race, has shown through statistics that 
from the years 1800 to 1900, no less than 
204,000 Jews left their religion and went 
over to Christianity. The number of 
Jews accepting Christianity is increasing 
every year. These facts coming from a 
Jew through the medium of an orthodox 
Jewish paper would seem to be authentic. 
> ///// 

The total gifts of the home churches 
of the Christian world to the mission 
cause, during the past year, show an in- 
crease of $2,280,000, while a year ago 
the increase was $1,500,000. The in- 
come from the mission fields increased 
nearly $300,000, a much greater propor- 
tion than at home. 

The following is a record of eighty- 
five years of work accomplished by the 
American Sunday-school Union : One 
hundred and nineteen thousand three 
hundred and thirty-two schools organ- 
ized containing 649,117 teachers and 
4,708,862 scholars ; 341,053 cases of aid to 
schools, having 21,252,046 members. 
Nearly four schools a day organized for 
every day of the last eighty-five years. 
Value of publications distributed by sales 
and donations, about $10,000,000. 

The recent census gives the United 
States in round numbers ninety-two- mil- 
lions of people, this being an increase of 
twenty-one per cent for the whole coun- 
try. It might be interesting to note the 
geographical locations of the largest in- 
creases. Washington increased 120.4 
per cent ; Oklahoma next with 109.7 and 
Idaho next with 101.3 per cent. The 
Western States show the largest in- 
creases. If our own church desires to 
do home mission work the West and 
Great Northwest present an open door 
for their efforts. 

The attitude of the leaders in Chris- 
tian work in the different colleges and 
seminaries toward the subject of mis- 
sion study has changed to such an ex- 
tent that this work is now regarded by 
most of them to rank with Bible study 
as one of the two foremost and funda- 
mental Christian activities among stu- 
dents.— John R. Moti. 

As I stood on board the boat on leav- 
ing Chang-saw after the turbulent riots, 
a Chinese Christian came to me and said : 
" Mr. Wilson, you know that in these 
riots I have lost all my furniture and my 
home ; you know too that my wife and I 
have only the clothes that we are wear- 
ing. All else is lost. But tell the people 
at home in England that it is worth while 
even to lose everything if you keep 
Christ." — Rev. J. Wallace Wilson. 


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J. M. Blough 


Easter Sermon. 

" He is not here, but is risen." Luke 24: 6. 

I. Unexpected Event. (Unexpected by 
friend or foe.) 

1. Joseph and Nicodemus buried Christ 
in usual way. John 19: 40. 

2. Women came with spices for the 
dead body. Luke 24: 1. 

3. Disciples slow to believe, — especially 
Thomas. John 20: 25. 

4. Jews thought disciples might steal 
the body. Matt. 27: 64. 

5. Roman governor grants a watch. 
Matt. 27: 65. 

II. Great Miracle. (Man could not hinder 

1. Great earthquake. Matt. 28: 2. 

2. Angels came from heaven. Matt. 
28: 2; Luke 24: 4. 

3. Guard became as dead men. Matt. 
28: 4. 

4. The dead arose — Jesus came forth. 
Matt. 28: 9. 

III. Triumphant Jesus. 

1. Over man — the guard, poor, helpless 
men. Matt. 28: 4. 

2. Over tomb — seal broken and stone 
rolled away. Matt. 28: 2. 

3. Over death and hades — Jesus has 
the keys. Rev. 1: 18. 

4. Over Satan, who had gloried in His 

(Even the devil could not hinder Him.) 

IV. Glorious Result. 

1. " Brought life and immortality to 
light." 2 Tim. 1: 10. 

(Men are certain now of life after death.) 

2. Established faith in Jesus as the 
Savior. John 20: 28. 

3. Gave rise to the Christian church. 

4. Gave rise to the New Testament 

5. Gave rise to Lord's Day — Sunday as 
day of rest. 

Note. — No resurrection, then no church, 
no New Testament and no Sunday. 

V. Joy and Hope. 

1. Disciples were glad. John 20: 20. 

2. We all rejoice in a living Savior. 1 
Cor. 15: 57. 

3. As Christ rose so shall we rise; 

death cannot hold. 1 Cor. 15: 22. 
4 We shall be like Christ. 1 John 3: 2. 

5. This hope we have as an anchor to 
the soul. Heb. 6: 19. 

6. Oh, the joy of the resurrection morn! 

For nearly one hundred years a fea- 
ture of each of the Annual Meetings of 
the American Board of Commissioners 
for Foreign Missions has been a mission- 
ary sermon by one of the leading clergy- 
men of the denomination. Thinking that 
possibly some of these wonderful texts 
might prove a blessing to our ministers 
we give below a list of texts that have 
been used by some of the country's lead- 
ing ministers, in times past, in connection 
with these sermons : 

Numbers 14:21; 1 Samuel 7:12; 1 
Kings 19:7; Nehemiah 6:3; Job 
23:3; Psalms 2 : 8, 55 : 22, 72 : 17, 96 : 10, 
102:13-16, 119:96; Isaiah 11:9, 32:15, 
41 : 14-15, 43 : 21, 45 : 1-6, 58 : 12, 60: 4-5, 
62:1-2; Ezekiel 47:9; Daniel 7:27; 
Zechariah 4:9; Malachi 1:11; Matthew 
6 : 10, 10:6 and 8, 9 : 37-38, 13 : 38, 28 : 
18-20; Mark 7:24, 10:45, 12:31, 16: 
15; Luke 4: 18, 11:2, 11:41, 14:28-30, 
24:45-47; John 1:4, 8:32, 10:16, 12: 
24, 12:32, 14:6, 14:9, 17:20-21, 20: 
21-23,21 : 17 ; Acts 2 : 14-18, 4 : 12, 8 : 30- 
31, 11:18, 13:2, 20:24, 26:17-18; Ro- 
mans 1:14, 4:25, 10:14-15; 1 Corin- 
thians 1 : 28, 2 : 1-5, 3 : 9, 9 : 19-12, 15 : 58, 
2 Corinthians 5: 14, 6: 11-13, 10:4; Ga- 
latians 1:15-16, 2:20; Ephesians 1:23, 
3:8: Philippians 2: 15-16, 3: 13; 1 Tim- 
othy 1:15; Hebrews 11:13, 39, 40; 1 
John 4: 20; Revelation 14: 1, 21 : 1. 


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In everything, by prayer and supplication 
with thanksgiving, let your requests be 
made known unto God. Philpp. 4: 6. 

We praise Thy name, O God., for Thy 
loving kindness, for Thy tender mercy; 
for Thy eternal presence ; for the revela- 
tion of Thy being; for the blessed privi- 
lege that is ours of doing something for 
Thee ; for the responsibility that has been 
placed upon Thy children to carry the 
message of salvation unto the uttermost 
parts of the earth. 

We beseech Thee for strength, that we 
may dethrone sin in our lives. We pray 
for power to resist evil, to do good ; for 
more of a willingness to be used of Thee. 
Lord, enkindle within us more of a de- 
sire for Thy service. We ask for greater 
strength in sacrifice ; for an ambition to 
save souls ; for overwhelming joy in 
labor. We ask contentment in Thy vine- 
yard, a spiritual unconcern about the 
place in which we labor, but deep con- 
cern for constant application. 

God bless those who labor for Thee. 
Those of our homeland, who in love and 
sacrifice commit themselves into Thy 
care ; for those in foreign lands who look 
to Thee for the needed strength in their 
various vicissitudes and trials. 

In Thine own manner, dear Father, 
wouldst Thou lay the burden of souls so 
heavily upon the hearts of Thy children 
that naught else but service will satisfy 
their souls. For the success of Thy 
cause on the earth, we ask Thy blessing 

The following from an unknown 
writer is a good spiritual recipe for those 
desiring intimate acquaintanceship and 
fullest consecration to God : 

To step out of self-life into Christ-life; 
to fold your hands close and hide your face 
upon the hem of His garment; to let Him 
lay His cooling, soothing, healing hands 

upon your soul and draw all the hurry and 
fever from its veins; to realize that you are 
not a mighty messenger and important 
worker of His, full of care and responsibil- 
ity, but only a little child with a Father's 
gentle bidding to heed and fulfil; to lay 
your busy plans and ambitions confidently 
in His hands, as the child brings its broken 
toys at its mother's call; to serve Him 
by waiting; to praise Him by saying, 
" Holy, holy, holy," to cease to hurry so 
that you lose sight of His face; to learn to 
follow Him and not to run ahead of orders; 
to cease to live in self, and for self, and to 
live in Him and for Him; to love His honor 
more than your own; to be a clear medium 
for His life-tide to shine and glow through 
- — this is consecration, this is rest. 

& J8 

We might let the readers know that 
there are enough of us here to go in with 
the rest of the praying world and observe 
the week of special prayer. We an- 
nounced last Sunday that we would have 
a week of prayer together with a special 
lot of interests that we should pray for. 
This in Chinese I mean. For we observed 
this in our native English tongue as well. 
At the appointed time we met. It was 
quite an experiment to me. I did not 
know what was in store for us. On get- 
ting together we found that our company 
numbered ten, made up of two or three 
Christians and the rest inquirers. So we 
began and talked and prayed together 
over the topics as announced by the 
World's Missionary Alliance. The first 
attempt was all right so we had it again 
the next day. The same crowd or nearly 
so were together. So it continued 
through the week and in that time the en- 
tire company had done something at 
praying. Let me say the new beginners 
just prayed for the thing they wanted 
and most of them prayed that they might 
have help to drive the devil out of their 
lives. So we go a little at a time. Pray 
for us. — F. H. C, China. 


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" They toil not, they spin not; and yet 
I sax unto you that Solomon in all his 
glory was not arrayed like one of these/' 
—Luke 12:27. 

Why dost thou fret, 

And thus forget 
The Master's plain command? — 

Consider how the lilies grow, 
They toil not neither spin; 

Yet robes from royal looms they wear, 
And golden crowns they win! 

Behold the ravens neither sow, 

Nor gather in their store; 
And yet God feeds them by His hand. 

So will He not much more 
Provide for His own children dear, 

And needful things bestow? 

Therefore fret not; 
Hath God forgot! 
Cast thou on Him all care. 
O heart distrest, 
In Jesus rest. 
His promised help is sure; 
And faith's enlightened eyes shall see 

Beyond all clouds of mystery, 
Love working for the best. 


' It was Easter morning and the breezes 
came in fresh and cool through the 
opened windows of the First church, 
where the people sat with faces fixed at- 
tentively on the pastor. His text was, 
"Let not your heart be troubled. I go 
to prepare a place for you, that where I 
am there you may be also;" and now he 
was describing that place to which the 
Savior had gone, and which He would 
prepare for those who love and serve 

After speaking for a time on the beau- 

ties of heaven he said, " He is risen and 

gone on before us, but He will return 

again and take us home. There is a crown 

up there. He wants us to win it. He is 

risen ! Angels are rejoicing and we feel 

new life throbbing through our veins. 

Let the past with its sorrows be buried 

and let the future be brighter and better 

because He has risen. Tell to each one 

whom you meet that He has risen. Has 

any one wronged you ? Go to them with 

a heart full of love and forgiveness and 

tell them Christ has risen." 

Then, with one look of tender longing 

over his congregation, the old pastor took 

his seat while the choir began to sing: 

" Arrayed in glorious light 
Shall these vile bodies shine." 

After the song the people arose and 
stood during the benediction, after which 
they passed out of the church and went 
to their homes, each heart filled to over- 
flowing with the spirit of Easter. 

It is Easter morning. The sun is shin- 
ing and the air is balmy, but no bells are 
heard. The people on the streets are not 
talking about a risen Savior. There are 
no little boys and girls on their way to 

Down at the banks of a lovely river a 
large crowd has gathered. In the last 
few days several of the bathers have been 
drawn under the waters to be seen no 
more. The god of the river is hungry 
and must be fed. So a number of little 
girls are bound together and cast into the 

Then, after burning; incense and mut- 


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tering something unintelligible, the peo- 
ple go to their homes glad that the hun- 
ger of the god of the river is appeased. 

How different these two Easter days ! 
One an Easter in our own fair America, 
the land of churches ; the other an Easter 
in the lands across the sea. One an 
Easter with Christ; one an Easter with- 
out Christ. 

Let us listen to the sound that comes 
from these lands. From America comes 
the sound of church bells, the anthems 
of praise, the voice of prayer and the 
voice of the servants of God. 

In that other land, instead of church 
bells, we have the cries of helpless child- 
hood. Instead of the anthems of praise 
we have the sound of idol worship. In- 
stead of the voice of prayer we have the 
moan of suffering womanhood. Instead 
of the voices of the servants of God, we 
hear the cries that come to us from all 
over that darkened land ; voices pleading 
for some one to tell them of a Savior who 
died for them and is risen again. On this 
Easter day the cry still comes to us from 
over the waters. In this land the words 
of the pastors fall on the ears of their lis- 
tening congregations, " Do you know 
any one bowed beneath a great burden? 
Go and tell them Christ has risen." 

Silence follows this request, but here 
and there the faithful few whom God is 
calling to His service everywhere are 
forming into ranks and we hear them 
singing as they go : 

" Like an army we march to the rescue, 
Young and old who know of His love, 
Bringing our prayers and our riches 
To be used for the Master above. 
"For with light we would flood the gross 
Of the lands across the wide sea, 
Telling those who there call for our help 
How the Savior can set them all free." 

— Selected. 

"^There's many a battle fought daily, 
The world knows nothing about; 
There's many a brave little soldier 
Whose faith puts a legion to rout." 
" There are wonderful things we are going 
to do 

Some other day; 

Eunice Joy Brubaker, Bro. and Sister C. H. 

Brubaker's Little Girl. Her Papa 

Is Now in Heaven. 

And harbors we hope to drift into 

Some other day. 
With folded hands and oars that trail, 
We wait and watch for a favoring gale 
To fill the folds of an idle sail, 

Some other day. 
" We know we must toil if ever we win 

Some other day; - 
But we say to ourselves, there's time to 

Some other day. 
And so, deferring, we loiter on, 
Until at last we find withdrawn 
The strength and hope we leaned upon 

Some other day." 

— Exchange. 


(Continued from Page 144). 
General Fund. 

Indiana. — Samuel Freed, Wakarusa, $5.70: C. 
H. Troup, Goshen, $6.75; W. L. Knotts, Wa- 
bash, $7.50; Ira Fisher, Mexico, $2.20; W. F. 
Dickey, Union City, $3.25. Total, $25.40. 
Kansas. — Annie Richard, Uniontown, $3.75. 
Maryland.—Mary J. Baker, Grantsville, $2.50; 
Lawrence Doyle, Mt. Airy, $2; C. N. Frushour, 
Myersville, $3. Total, $7.50. Michigan. — J. C. 
Warstler, Brethren, $9.50. Missouri. — F. "W. 
Robertson, McComb, $1.20; P. H. Killings- 
worth, Collins, $4.25. Total, $5.45. North Da- 
kota. — I. M. Kauffman, Williston, $6. Ohio 

A. A. Moherman, Ashland, $2.62; A. L. Brant, 
Continental, $5.75; E. E. Frick, Kent, $1.50. 

Total, $9.87. Pennsylvania Geo. H. Pletz, 

Pikestown, $4.40; Mrs. N. A. Fyock, Arcadia, 
$6.70; Waynesboro Sunday-school, Waynesboro, 
$7.99. Total, $19.09. Virginia.— Wm. A. 
Craun, Bridgewater, $11; J. A. Hinegardner, 
Midland, $2.50; A. W. Long, Nokesville, $5.10. 
Total, $18.60. 

A. F. Wine, Treasurer. 


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Financial Report 


I also give and bequeath to the General Mission Board of the Church of the Breth- 
ren Dollars, for the purposes of the Board as specified in 

their charter. And I hereby direct my executor (or executors) to pay said sum to the 

Secretary of said Board, taking his receipt, within months after my 



I also give, beqeueath, and devise to th> General Mission Board of the Church o'f 
the Brethren one certain lot of land with the buildings thereon standing (here describe 
the premises with exactness and particularity), to be held and possessed by the Board, 
their successors and assigns forever, for the purposes specified in their charter. 


If you desire any or all your money to go to the church, and to make su/e, would 
like to be your own executor, — if you would like to have the income during life and still 
not be troubled with the care of the property, the General Mission Board of the Church 
of the Brethren will receive such sums now, and enter into such agreements as will 
make your income sure. The bond of the Board is an unquestionable security Full 
information may be had by addressing the Board. 


FEBRUARY 1910 AND 1911. 

Feb. Feb. Apr. -Feb. Apr.-Feb. Increase. 

1910 1911 1910 1911 

World-Wide, $962 27 $565 87 $24,256 49 $27,095 48 $2,838 99 

India, 354 19 360 35 4,054 18 5,313 08 1,258 90 

Miscellaneous 103 00 16196 857 69 1,293 61 

$1,419 46 $1,088 18 $29,168 36 $37,702 17 $4,533 81 

During the month of February the General 
Mission Board sent out 99,358 pages of tracts. 

The amount credited in the March Visitor, 
World-Wide Missions, to Lakeside Sunday- 
school, Washington, should have been credited 
to Lakeside Sunday-school, Stiverson congre- 

In the February financial report, World- 
Wide Missions, Cedar church, Iowa, was 
placed in Southern Iowa. Cedar congregation 
is in Middle Iowa instead. 


During the month of February the General 
Mission Board received the following dona- 
tions for mission work: 

Missouri — $110.00. 

Northern District, Individual. 

Mrs. S. G. Hoover $ 100 00 

Middle District, Individuals. 

Edward Gergens, $9; Maggie Moo- 
maw, 50 cents, 9 50 

Southern District, Individual. 

Mary M. Cox, 50 

Pennsylvania— -$69.65. 

Eastern District, Congregation. 

Little Swatara 15 00 


Sue E. Martin, $10; H. B. Horst, 

$1 11 00 

Southern District, Individuals. 

J. R. Davis, $15; Chas. C. Brown, 

$10; Sarah A. Baker, $2, 27 00 

Middle District, Congregation. 

Serena-Spring Run 4 00 


Lewistown 4 00 


A. I. Claar (marriage notice), 50 

cents 50 

Western District, Sunday-school. 

Raymans-Brothers Valley congre- 

gation '. 


Mary E. Shickel, 

Canada — $67. 60. 




W. F. Hollenberg 

Indiana — $53.74. 

Northern District, Congregation. 

West Goshen 


"A Loval Donor," $20; Levi Shive- 

ly, $5; Mrs. J. Swartz, $1, 

Middle District, Sunday-school. 


Southern District, Individuals. 

"A Brother," $15; Catharine Bow- 
man, $1; W. H. Friend, 15 cents, .. 
Ohio — $50.40. 
Northeastern District, Individuals. 

Isaac Brumbaugh, $10; Mrs. E. M. 

McFadden, $1; Ida M. Helm, $1 

Northwestern District, Individuals. 

Daniel Bock, $10; Eli M. Ritten- 
house, $5; G. D. Armentrout and G. 
A. Snider, $3; Caroline Smith, 50 
cents; Abednego Miller (marriage 
notice), 50 cents; Samuel Driver 

(marriage notice), 50 cents, 

Southern District, Sunday-school. 

Happy Corner 


J. A. Miller, $2.40; Emanuel Shank, 


Kansas — $42.39. 

Northeastern District, Individuals. 

G. F. Blonderfield, Solomon, $5; 
Andrew Eskildsen, $5; H. F. Crist 
(marriage notice), 50 cents; J. F. 
Hantz (marriage notice), 50 cents, . . 
Southeastern District, Sunday-school. 











10 59 

26 00 

1 00 

16 15 

12 00 

19 50 
15 00 

3 90 

11 00 
9 39 


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S. E. Lantz (marriage notice), 50 
cents; W. B. Sell (marriage notice), 

50 cents, 5 

Northwestern District, Individual. 

G. H. Friend (marriage notice), .. 
Southwestern District, Individuals. 

J. D. Toder and Wife, $20; A 

Sister, 50 cents 

Illinois — $33.01. 

Northern District, Congregation. 



L»; J. Gerdes, $7; John Weber and 
Wife, $5; Harry Gilbert, $1.45; Mrs. 
Albert Gilbert, $1; Miss Emma Spick- 
ler, $1; Mrs. Frank Gilbert, 50 cents, 
Southern District, Individuals. 

Frank Etnoyer, $5; M. D. Hershey 

and Wife, $2.06 

Iowa — $29.65. 

Northern District, Individuals. 

H. E. Slifer, $10; E. C. Whitmer, 
$10; Julia A. Sheller, $2; B. M. H. 
Sonafrank, $1; W. H. Hood (marriage 

notice), 50 cents 

Middle District, Individuals. 

W._ E. West (marriage notices), 
$1; "Morris W. Eikenberry (mar- 
riage notice), 50 cents, 

Southern District, Sunday-school. 

North English, 


Orlando Ogden (marriage notice), 

50 cents 

Virginia — $25.53. 

First District, Sunday-school. 

Brick Church 


Emma Southall, 

Second District, Congregation. 



Chas. Shirey, 

Northern District, Individuals. 

Mary Smith, Carmel, $1.15; Benja- 
man Miller, 50 cents; Rebecca E. Mil- 
ler, 50 cents; Mary C. Miller, 50 


Maryland — $21 .37. 

Eastern Shore, Congregation. 


Eastern District, Individual. 

Chas. Miller, 

West Virginia — $17.33. 

First District, Sunday-school. 

Bean Settlement, 


A. A. Rotruck 

Second District, Individual. 

W. L. Greene 

California-— $16.50. 

Northern District, Individual. 

Abbie Miller 

Southern District, Individuals. 

Ira G. Cripe, $5; Edmund Forney, 
$3; Elizabeth Forney, $3; W. M. 
Piatt (marriage notice), 50 cents,... 
Montana — $6.0,0. 
Boys and Girls' Mission Band. 


Nebraska — $5.00. 

Levi Hoffert, $3.50; Mrs. Elizabeth 
Smith,- $1; A. J. Nickey (marriage 

notice), 50 cents, 

Michigan — $5.00. 

Perry McKimmy 

Oklahoma— $5.00. 

C. C. Clark, 

South Carolina — $2.50. 

W. R. Johnson 

Idaho — $1.20. 

R. A. Orr, 

Wisconsin — $1.00. 

J. E. Zollers and Wife, 








15 95 
7 06 

23 50 

1 50 
4 15 


15 56 
1 50 

4 82 

1 00 

2 .65 











5 00 

11 50 

6 00 

5 00 

5 00 

5 00 

2 50 

1 20 

1 00 

New Jersey — $1.00. 

H. T. Horn, Sandbrook, $ 1 00 

Tennessee — $1.00. 


Maggie Satterfield 1 00 

Colorado — $0.50. 

Western District, Individual. 

Salem Beery (marriage notice),... 50 

North Carolina — $0.50. 

W- D. Weesner, 50 

Total for February, $ 565 87 

Previously reported 26,529 61 

Total for year so far, $27,095 48 


Virginia — $40.00. 

First District, Congregation. 

Roanoke City $ 40 00 

Iowa — $16.55. 

Northern District, Congregation. 

Curlew, 14 05 


Mrs. Addie R. Knepper and Son, 

Waterloo 2 50 

Pennsylvania; — $7.00. 

Middle District, Congregation. 

Serena-Spring Run 2 00 


Lewistown, 3 00 


Mrs. Sara Replogle 2 00 

Ohio — $6.07. 

Northeastern District, Congregation. 

Wooster, ; -6 07 

Nebraska — $3.00. 

P. A. Nickey and Wife 3 00 

Total for the month, $ 72 62 

Previously received, 952 83 

Total for year so far $ 1,025 45 


Kansas — $46.23. 

Northeastern District, Christian Workers 

Kansas City, $ 

Northwestern District, Individual. 

Ella E. Greenough, 

Southwestern District, Sunday-school. 

Slate Creek, 


J. D. Yoder and Wife, 

Ohio — $40.00. 

Northeastern District, Aid Society. 

Black River, 

Northwestern District, Individuals. 

S. A. Kintner and Wife, 

Pennsylvania — $32.00. 

Southern District, Sunday-school. 

" Class in the Corner," Huntsdale, 
Middle District, Sunday-school. 


Western District, Sunday-school. 

Middle Creek, 


W. H. Blough and Wife 

Virginia — $30.00. 

First District, Congregation. 

Roanoke City, 

Northern District, Aid Society. 

Mill Creek, East Aid Society, 

Indiana — $20.00. 

Middle District, Sunday-school. 

Birthday offerings, Flora 

South Bakota — $10.00. 

Old Folks' Class, Willow Creek, . . 
California — $10.00. 

Santa Ana Young People 

Southern District, Mission Band. 

























20 00 

10 00 
10 00 


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Washing-ton — $5.00. 


Sunnyside, $ 5 00 

Total for February, $ 193 23 

Previously received 2,698 58 

Total for year so far $ 2,891 81 


Pennsylvania — $4.50. 

Middle District, Sunday-school. 

Lewistown $ 3 00 


G. W. Kephart, 150 

Indiana. — $1.00. 

Southern District, Individual. 

Mrs. Ollie L. Cross, 1 00 

Total for February $ 5 50 

Previously received, 92 65 

Total for year so far, $ 98 15 

Pennsylvania — $79.00. 

Middle District, Individuals. 

Susan Sell, $10; Emmert Swigart 
and Wife, $5; Sister Quinter, Hunt- 
ingdon, $5; Unknown, $5; Ratie and 
Mary Zook, 70 cents; Ruth Brum- 
baugh, 10 cents $ 25 80 

Western District, Congregation. 

Shade Creek, 44 20 


David Ribblett, $5; Scott Murphy, 
$2; G. H. Fyock, $2, 9 00 

Total reported so far in this 

fund, $ 79 00 


Missouri — SIC. 00. 

Northern District, Individual. 

Clay Orr, $ 10 00 

Total for the month, $ 10 00 

Previously received, 1,208 67 

Total for year so far, $ 1,218 67 


North Dakota — $51.12. 


Kenmare, $21.05; Minot, $13.62; 

Surrey, $4.40 $ 39 07 


York House-Pleasant Valley, 12 05 

Virginia — $25.00. 

First District, Congregation. 

Roanoke City, 25 00 

Kansas — $15.00. 
Southwestern District. 

Mrs. B. T. Ballard and her Sun- 
day-school class, Salem, 5 00 


J. D. Yoder and Wife, 10 00 

Didiana — $12.14. 

Northern District, Individual. 

A Brother 60 

Middle District, Congregation. 

Bachelor Run, 11 54 

Washington — $15.00. 

W. H. Slabaugh, $10; Mrs. J. C. 

Snyder, $5 15 00 

Illinois — $6.00. 

Northern District, Individual. 

A Sister, Elgin, 6 00 

Pennsylvania — $5 .00. 

Middle District, Congregation. 

Serena-Spring Run 2 00 


Lewistown 3 00 

Iowa — $2.50. 

Northern District, Individuals. 

Mrs. Addie R. Knepper and Son, 
Waterloo 2 50 

Total for February, $ 131 76 

Previously received 1,002 25 

Total for the year so far, $ 1,134 01 


North Dakota — $14.20. 


Pleasant Valley, $ 14 20 

Total for year so far, $ 14 20 


North Dakota — $10.00. 

A Brother and Sister $ 10 00 

Total for the month $ 10 00 

Previously received, 53 00 

Total so far for year, $ 63 00 


Pennsylvania. — $3.00. 

Middle District, Sunday-school. 

Lewistown, $ 3 00 

Total for February, $ ' 3 00 

Previously received, 47 00 

Total fpr year so far, $ 50 00 


Pennsylvania — $3.00. 

Middle District, Sunday-school. 

Lewistown, $ 3 00 

Total for February $ 3 00 

Previously received 9 40 

Total for year so far $ 12 40 


Following are the receipts of the Extension 
of Chicago during the month of February: 
Building' Fund- 

California. — H. W. Allen, Macdoel, $40.70; 
Mrs. J. S. Runs, Los Angeles, $10. Total, $50.- 
70. Colorado. — C. W. Henry, Grand Ju-nction, 
$12.30. Illinois — Etta Kreider, Shannon, $5; 
Nettie Yager, Lena, $6; J. A. Royer, Lanark, 
$14.68; Ogden Sunday-school, Chicago, $1.45; 
Mrs. Tillie Keefor, Mt. Carroll, $25; Alice 
Price, Polo, $8.85; Mrs. J. J. Stowe, Girard, 
$17.75. Total, $78.73. Indiana. — Fred Rohrer, 
Argos, $24.90; Wm. Weimer, Wabash, $2.25; 
L. H. Landig, Lapel, $2.75; F. Nusbaum, Mid- 
dleburg, $10; Josiah Garber, Syracuse, $3. To- 
tal, $42.90. Iowa. — Bertha W. Royer, Dallas 
Center, $25.30; Mamie Sink, Lenox, $5. Total, 
$30.30. Kansas. — Elsie and Carl Wright, Lyons, 
$1.55; A. H. Lolling, Nickerson, $4.50; Sadie 
Thomas, Walton, $10. Total, $16.05. Mary- 
land. — Daniel Baker, Grantsville, $1; H. T. 
Grossnickle, Boonesboro, $1; Geo. W. Fouch, 
Weverton, $5. Total, $7. Michigan. — Mrs. 
Rena Springett, Woodlawn, $10; Mrs. Sylvia 
Ulrey, Onekama, $1.20. Total, $11.20. North 
Dakota. — Ray Harris, Kenmare, $5.65. Ohio. — ■ 
Civila Petry, W. Manchester, $10; Thos. E. 
Karns, Trotwood, '$9.25; Mary Eberly, Bryan, 
$23.70; John Sponseller, Sherwood, $10.40; W. 
L. Imes, Wauseon, $6.50; W. H. Gerber, Ash- 
land, $5; Geo. Dick, Belief ontaine, $5.67; J. H. 
Throne, Pioneer, $41.50; Wm. G. Kurtz, Poland, 
$6.20. Total, $118.22. Pennsylvania. — J. E. 
Martin, Carlisle, $10; Mrs. H. H. Berkey, El- 
ton, $2; Edeth Strayer, Johnstown, $10; Mary 
M. Blough, Scalp Level, $11.10; W. H. Blough, 
Boswell, $4.72; M. E. Sollenberger, Wavnes- 
boro, $25. Total, $62. S2. Tennessee. — W. C. 
Gammore, Tate, $5.65. Virginia. — A. B. Mil- 
ler, Harrisonburg, $1; A. Crummett, MacDow- 
ell, $1; A Sister, Broadway, $2. Total, $4. 
West Virginia. — W. L. Riggleman, Rockoak, 

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MAY, 1911 

No. 5 


E are your representatives. We see 
| the wide open doors and believe that 
God is calling the church to witness 
great things. The field is rapidly whit- 
ening unto the harvest, but the missionaries 
will be able to go in and reap only as the 
church sends recruits and the means to sup- 
ply them with the necessary equipment. The 
responsibility of this great enterprise reaches 
to every church and home in the Brotherhood. 
Hold up our hands and lifting your hearts 
in intercession, see the salvation of the Lord. 
' Behold the Lord's hand is not shortened, that 
it can not save; neither His ear heavy that it 
can not hear.' " — From Our Field, Opportuni- 
ties and Needs. 

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Contents for May, 1911 

EDITORIAL,— . .168 


Our Field, Opportunities and Needs, .146 

Among the Missions of South India, By A. W. Ros? 14° 

India's Monthly Letter to the General Board, By W. B. Stover. 152 

Sweden, By G. B. R„ 154 

Chinese Custom— That Middle Man, By F. H. Crumpacker, .155 

A Day in China, By Emma Horning 156- 

China's Spring Holiday, By Minerva Metzger. 158 

The Negro Church of Denver and Its Progress, By YVm. Rhodes. 159 

Ruth, By Dr. S. K. Hutton, 161 

Facts to Ponder, Selected by Cora R. Price. 163 

WORLD-WIDE,— .164 



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If you can keep your head when all about you 

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; 
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, 

But make allowance for their doubting too; 
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, 

Or being lied about don't deal in lies, 
Or being hated don't give way to hating, 

And yet don't look too good or talk too wise ; 

If you can dream and not make dreams your master;. 

If you can think and not make thoughts your aim; 
If you can meet with triumph and disaster 

And treat those two imposters just the same ; 
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken 

Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, 
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, 

And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools; 

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, 

Or walk with kings, nor lose the common touch ; 
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you; 

If all men count with you, but none too much ; 
If you can fill the unforgiving minute 

With sixty seconds' worth of distance run, 
Yours is the earth and everything that's in it, 

And — which is more — you'll be a man, my son! 

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Our Field, Opportunities and Needs 

Note. — Prepared by order of the Field Com- 
mittee in India. This article was read before 
the General Board at their April meeting and 
produced a profound impression. Feeling that 
the Brotherhood should better understand con- 
ditions in India they decided that this paper 
should have the widest possible circulation. 
Anyone desiring same in leaflet form for free 
distribution can procure them by addressing 
the Board. 

HAT the field of the 
Brethren in India is 
a field of opportuni- 
ties is a growing im- 
pression upon a 1 1 
your missionaries. 
Further, that many 
opportunities n o vv 
open to us may be 
closed in the not far 
distant future, mak- 
ing it imperative that the church arise 
in the fulness of her strength and claim 
these opportunities for the Lord. 

We are your representatives. We see 
the wide-open doors and believe that 
God is calling the church to witness 
great things. The field is rapidly whit- 
ening unto the harvest, but the mission- 
aries will be able to go in and reap only 
as the church sends recruits, and the 
means to supply them with the necessary 
equipment. The responsibility of this 
great enterprise reaches to every church 
and home in the Brotherhood. Hold up 
our hands, and lifting your hearts in 
intercession, see the salvation of the 
Lord. " Behold the Lord's hand is not 
shortened, that it can not save ; neither 
His ear heavy, that it cannot hear." 

This is not only a great enterprise, 
with physical requirements such as 
" consecrated pocketbooks," but it is a 
great conflict with Satan. He will con- 
test and is contesting every inch of the 
ground, and it behooves the church to be 
a united prayer band, interceding at the 
Throne of Grace for men to be sent 
into the conflict, and for speedy victory 
over sin and unrighteousness and for a 
mighty turning of these people unto the 

Below is a survey of the field and its 
opportunities, together with our needs 
as they should be met within the next 
few years. 

" Lift up your eyes, and look on the 
fields; for they are white already to the 
harvest." " The harvest truly is plente- 
ous, but the laborers are few ; pray ye 
therefore the Lord of the harvest, that 
He will send forth laborers into His 

Survey of the Field. 

1. Territory nearly 200 miles long and 
seventy-five miles wide, stretching from 
the Narbudda River on the north to 
near Bombay on the south, and from 
the. Arabian Sea on the west to the 
boundaries of Khandesh and Nasik on 
the East. 

2. In addition we have in Khandesh 
to the east of Dangs the populous county 
of Pimpalner, the natural outlet to East 

3. Excepting the I. P. Mission at Su- 
rat and near-by Bardoli, and a small 
mission to the south of Bulsar, we have 
this large territory to ourselves. 

4. The total population is upwards of 
1,060,000, with well-nigh unto 900.000 
of these illiterate. 

5. Towns and villages, nearly 3,000. 
Towns and villages occupied by mission- 
aries and native workers, less than 100. 
Towns and villages in which Christians 
live perhaps number 150 more. 

6. Of the total of more than 1,000,000 
souls, more than 300,000 are of the abo- 
riginal classes and low castes. These 
are our reachables. 

Opportunities — Evangelistic. 

1. Fully half of the total population 
would be ready listeners to the gospel 
message, while upwards of one-third are 
such that we could well hope would ac- 
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2. The vast, continuous stretch of ter- 
ritory, occupied largely by these reach- 
ables, is virgin soil, unspoiled by long 
contact with the influences of railways, 

3. It is the opportunity for the Breth- 
ren church to double and redo'uble her 
membership. The Brethren church in 
India a " minority church " need not be. 
We have the same opportunities for 
large results that any other church or 
mission has. Divine enthusiasm, con- 
secrated wealth, and the united prayers 
of the entire Brotherhood will bring 
forth marvelous results. 

4. In Raj Pipla State the Christian 
community has gained a social status 
above that of the surrounding heathen 
Bhils. The sentiment in favor of Chris- 
tianity is growing, and the amount of 
evangelistic effort among the 75,000 
Bhils open to the missionary is limited 
only by his own strength, workers, and 
means at his disposal. 

5. At Ankleswar the motto is, " The 
Bhils for Christ." Hundreds have their 
eyes on Him. Every few days they are 
coming in from the villages and beg- 
ging to be received into the church. 
These report numbers of others of the 
same mind. The question of raising up 
workers able to teach and shepherd these 
people is the burden of Bro. Stover's 
heart, day and' night. The large caste 
of Kolis is also very hopeful. 

6. At Vyara the door is opening. A 
comparatively large number of the poor 
have been educated in the Gaekwar's 
schools. Several have been baptized. 
Others are influenced and we hope that 
these will be the source of the workers 
for the evangelization of their own peo- 
ple, 60,000 strong. In one village six 
of the best and most influential men have 
lately become Christian. 

7. Dangs is the opportunity of giving 
a people low down in the scale a Chris- 
tian civilization. The whole population 
is illiterate and steeped in superstition 

and idol worship. Several have been 

8. From an evangelistic standpoint 
Bulsar and Jalalpur Counties are our 
hardest sections, though the large caste 
of fisher people along the coast is a 
hopeful class. 

9. Pimpalner, with its 56,000 popula- 
tion, and a large number of the poor 
and oppressed, offers excellent opportu- 
nities for evangelistic effort. Only a 
few of the upper classes are literate. 

10. Bansda, t)harampur and Jawar 
are native States with a total population 
of more than 175,000, and yet untouched 
by the Gospel. 

11. In Chikli and Mohwa Counties 
are thousands of Dubloes. These are 
practically in a state of serfdom and are 
very superstitious. At Vyara several 
of this same class have become Chris- 
tian, and we can hope that in time there 
will be large results from among these 

12. Dahanu and Vada offer large op- 
portunities for the heralds of the Cross. 
At the former place the openings are in- 
creasing day by day, A number have 
applied for baptism. 

NEEDS. — You can help us grasp 
these opportunities for winning thou- 
sands to the cause of Christ by conse- 
crating and sending FIVE missionaries ; 
by increasing the general fund to> meet 
the increasing miscellaneous expenses ; 
by giving $75 a year for support of lay- 
evangelists and assistants ; $40 for 
houses in villages for workers and for 
temporary assembly rooms. 

O pportunities — Educationally. 

1. Nine hundred thousand illiterates! 
What an opportunity for primary educa- 
tion, the lever to evangelism ! Opportu- 
nities for thousands upon thousands of 
Christian -teachers. 

2. Likewise the opportunity for di- 
recting the higher education of these 
people into Christian channels. Board- 
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schools, Bible schools and a Christian 
college are the possibilities of the field. 

3. Raj Pipla, Dangs, Pimpalner, 
Bansda, Dharampur, Dahanu and Ja- 
war, with an aggregate population of 
over 400,000, are territories in which 
the education of large numbers of the 
" depressed classes " is entirely at the 
disposal of the church and her missions. 

NEEDS. — To meet these many op- 
portunities it is necessary that we raise 
up and train a large force of indigenous 
workers. The calls for teachers and 
evangelists are more than we are now 
able to supply. Raw material must be 
taken and shapen into efficient instru- 
ments for God's service. To this end 
the Bible and training school are a ne- 
cessity. A dormitory of twenty rooms 
at $120 each must be erected soon. Be- 
sides these we need $120 a year for an 
assistant Bible teacher; $160 a year for 
head master for teachers' training 
school; $100 a year for assistant master 
for teachers' training school, and $60 a 
year for village schools. 

Opportunities — Medical. 

1. A general hospital for both men 
and women. Two doctors, preferably 
man and wife, together with two nurses. 

2. Medical evangelists will find large, 
open fields. Raj Pipla, with its more 
than 100,000 people, is a wide-open door 
for the skilled physician. 

3. At Vyara the medical evangelist 
would soon find himself the most promi- 
nent man among another 100,000 or 
more people. 

4. At Dahanu is an equally enviable 
field for the missionary doctor. Bansda 
and Dharampur, contiguous territories 
with about 150,000 people, present a 
pressing opportunity for the doctor and 
his message of love. 

5. Likewise doctors at Pimpalner, An- 
kleswar, and Vada would find equally 
open fields and abundant opportunities 
for worthy service. 

6. A qualified nurse with each doctor. 

Other qualified nurses will find unlimit- 
ed opportunities as they go from, place 
to place to bear the message of salva- 

NEEDS. — Ten thousand dollars for 
general hospital. Besides that we will 
need for equipment, outbuildings, and 
large, roomy quarters for the American 
workers. Each medical evangelist will 
need living quarters, dispensary and 
furnishings and an itinerary equipment. 

Opportunities — Industrially. 

1. The mass of the people are not only 
illiterate, but crude in their manners 
and customs. Industrial improvement 
must follow in the wake of evangeliza- 
tion, if we hope for the future church to 
be self-supporting and self-propagating. 

2. The opportunity of putting our 
Christian community to the front in the 
present industrial awakening. 

3. Christian farm colonies at Vuli, 
in Raj Pipla, at Chakdara and Thuti, 
in Vyara District, and at Chahkal in 
Dangs. Bardipada in extreme North 
Dangs is the only opportunity for river 
irrigation. It is yet untouched, but the 
Government would help in the enter- 

4. The opportunity of making our 
central industrial establishment at Bul- 
sar the supplier of leaders in all kinds of 
industrial work throughout our large 

NEEDS. — Three thousand dollars to 
enlarge and develop the general indus- 
trial establishment work as newly ap- 
proved and organized. (One thousand 
dollars already received, $2,000 yet 
needed, $1,000 to help mutual aid so- 
cieties.) People are poor and not able 
to raise a sufficiently large working capi- 
tal. Ankleswar already has one of 
these, but badly needs support. Others 
will be organized as soon as conditions 
are satisfactory. Until such a time we 
must help as best we can. Some of your 
missionaries are greatly hampered be- 
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personal allowances. Two thousand 
dollars for lands at several stations. 
Land is rapidly rising in value. Mis- 
sion stations soon become building cen- 
ters and soon, mission must pay exorbi- 
tant prices. Such has been our experi- 
ence at Bulsar already, and unless we 
are careful will have to be repeated at 
other places. 

A small printing outfit will be a great 
help in all departments of our work and 
will be greatly appreciated. 

The above is a brief outline of the op- 
portunities of the field and some of the 
physical requirements. 

But let us remember that the salva- 
tion of the .heathen and the training of 

a people in the way of righteousness can 
not be done alone through the medium 
of " hard cash." " Not by might, nor 
by power, but by my Spirit, saith the 
Lord of hosts." " No man can come to 
Me, except the Father . . . draw 
him . . ." Any spiritual enterprise 
which leaves out God is doomed to 
failure. He it is who opens the field and 
makes ready the harvest. He it is who 
sends the laborers. He it is who sup- 
plies the power and strength. It is ours 
to " pray the Lord of the harvest, that 
He will send forth laborers into His 
harvest," and to supply their physical 

Among the Missions of South India 

A. W. Ross • 

Chapter II. 

" EAVING the Cud- 
dapah District we 
now turned our faces 
towards the famous 
" Lone Star Mission " 
to the north of Mad- 
ras. Having risen 
early on Monday 
morning and eaten 
only a cold lunch at 
noon, and the remain- 
ing scraps for supper, we thought we 
would not be very extravagant in treat- 
ing our appetites to a 33 cent breakfast, 
the next morning before leaving the Ren- 
igunta Junction. Likely the waiters won- 
dered what kind of fellows we were, 
since the majority of the travelers stop- 
ping at such places take nothing less than 
a meal costing from 66 to 75 cents. But 
we were out to see all we could and spend 
as little as possible, and so we were quite 
well satisfied with what we could get for 
the smaller sum. However, to the dis- 
gust of Bro. Long and not altogether to 

my own liking, the cook did not get our 
meal ready till the train pulled into the 
station. There was nothing to do but to 
get on the outside of as much of it as 
possible in the short time at our disposal. 
Going across country we soon reached 
the line which leads along the coast from 
Madras to Calcutta. Boarding the first 
train we soon came into the territory oc- 
cupied by the American Baptists and 
known the world over as one of the 
greatest mission fields of all times. 

We arrived at Ongole about 4 : 30 that 
evening and were met by a native man 
with an American carriage drawn by two 
coolies. Arriving at the bungalow we 
.were received very kindly by Mr. Baker, 
superintendent of the mission. He is 
successor to the famous Dr. Clough, 
whom God has used to lead thousands' 
upon thousands of the Telugus to a 
knowledge of the Savior. 

We entered this mission with no little 
degree of joy in anticipation. We were 
sure that we had reached a place where 
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and would have the opportunity of a life- 
time to study the value of such a move- 
ment. We had left our homes with an 
intense desire to see some of the stand- 
ing miracles of God's work in the hearts 
of a people, and at the same time feeling 
that there were a thousand and one 
things which we could learn from the 
experience of others. Consequently we 
were soon ready for anything the good 
people there had to show and tell us. Mr. 
Baker, with his congenial American air 
of freedom, took us to see the new stone 
church under construction on the corner 
of the compound. A fine structure it is, 
well built and well arranged, and a most 
worthy memorial to Dr. Jewett who, with 
prophetic vision, looked from " Prayer 
Hill " out over the great expanse of 
country teeming with idol worshipers, 
and with an eye of faith claimed it for 
the Lord. Those were the days when the 
future of the mission hung in the bal- 
ances and when it was only the strong 
and determined faith of this noble man 
that saved the " Lone Star " and this 
great Ongole field to the Baptists. 

Mr. Bawden, who has charge of the 
industrial work of the mission, was not 
long in making his appearance, and we 
soon felt that in him we had a friend in- 
deed ; a big, stalwart six-footer, whose 
straightforward, honest congenial ways 
appeal to you at once. Any one with 
anything of an appreciation of the need 
and importance of industrial missions 
will at once be impressed with his ability 
along that line and sympathize with him 
in his great desire successfully to grapple 
with the great problem in such a way as 
to produce results of wide influence on. 
the masses. Being a theological gradu- 
ate as well as a graduate in technical 
engineering enables him to appreciate the 
true relations that the industrial should 
bear to the other lines of mission en- 
deavor. The one great thought occupy- 
ing his time and attention now is to find 
some way of raising the industrial status 
of the Christian community, making it 

possible for a much larger percentage of 
the people to support their children in 
the higher institutions. A mission with 
55,000 communicants and another 150,- 
000 adherents presents some financial 
and economic problems of no mean pro- 
portions and Mr. Bawden is making an 
honest endeavor to grapple with these in 
a business-like scientific way ; conse- 
quently he has turned the industrial shop 
into an experiment station. One of the 
most promising of experiments carried 
on now is along the lines of the " Cam- 
bell system of dry farming." Results 
have been encouraging, though not all 
that one could hope for, due largely to 
some conditions arising from improper 
equipment, etc. 

This question of industrial missions is 
one that is occupying the thought of 
some of the best men of the mission 
world, for they see that the future ques- 
tion of self-supporting churches is closely 
bound up with the question of a higher 
social and economic status of the Chris- 
tian community. 

Ongole, with its some 8,000 people, 
has become the center for one of the 
largest, if not the largest, Christian com- 
munities in the world. At one time the 
Ongole church was considered the largest 
in the world, and even now, since many 
other churches have been made from the 
one large church, the Sunday-school at 
Ongole is considered the largest in India, 
having a total enrollment of 1,500, and 
an average attendance of 1 ,250. 

Where the masses turn to Christianity 
by the thousands in one year the question 
of caring for them is a most momentous 
one. Teachers, preachers, evangelists, 
Bible-women, and helpers of every de- 
scription must be trained for the work 
from among the people. 

A sufficient number cannot be gotten 
from outside sources, nor would they be 
suitable even though they might be pro- 
cured. An agency must be reared in the 
community itself, and to meet this end 
the mission put forth every effort and es- 


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tablished schools among the villages. 
It picked out the brightest of the boys, 
and girls, brought them into the central 
boarding schools, and then sent the larger 
number of them back to the villages 
among their own people to teach. The 
picked few, who showed a desire and an 
aptitude for higher training, were placed 
in the college. 

Thus, on the large compound, we have 
schools of every description, from the 
kindergarten school, forthe smaller chil- 
dren of the members living in and about 
Ongole, to the college, with its 350 boys, 
all studying in English. There are boys' 
schools, both vernacular and English. 
There are girls' schools, orphanages, 
homes for widows, Bible-women's train- 
ing home, etc., making Ongole a most 
interesting place to see. 

Taking the pastor of the Ongole 
church with us we strolled in the early 
morning to the outer edges of the town 
to see the people in their homes. The 
people were glad to see us and much ap- 
preciated our interest in them. At our 
departure they asked us to kneel with 
them in prayer. > They are poor and have 

very little of the goods of this world, but 
they are laying up treasures, we trust, in 
the other world, which are far more val- 
uable than worldly treasures. We found 
their homes comparatively clean, and the 
whole village showed that they have been 
taught some of the principles of cleanli- 
ness as well as things pertaining to the 
spiritual life. 

Many of them can now read and write, 
while the children have a regular custom 
of going to school. The schools in this 
district are wellnigh self-supporting, as 
far as the mission is concerned. The Brit- 
ish government, being quite favorable to 
village schools among the backward peo- 
ple, give grants. The mission some years 
ago adopted the policy of having the 
schools registered in the name of the 
teacher and the grant go to him directly. 
Now, the mission pays the teacher only a 
nominal sum of rupees 4-8 every quarter 
which, together with the grant and what 
the people give him, furnish the teacher 
with a comfortable living. This small 
nominal amount from the mission gives 
it a hold on the teacher and. subjects him 
to a discipline which he needs. 

An old man said that in reviewing his life he discovered, to his great 
surprise, that the best things in his character and in his career were the 
fruits of what he regarded as his failures and follies.. These defeats had 
wrought in him new wisdom, and had led to repentings and renewals of 
faith in God, and had thus proved sources of richest blessing and good. 
Probably the same is true, in greater or less degree, of every life. We 
owe more to our defeats, with the humblings of the old nature, the 
cleansing of motive and affection, and the deepening of trust in God, 
than we owe to the prouder experiences which we call our successes. — Ex. 


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India's Monthly Letter to the 
General Board 

Once a month the Board receives from 
India a letter on the progress of the work. 
The following letter written by Brother W. 
B. Stover is of such intense interest that we 
thought it worth while to pass it on to the 
Visitor readers. 

Ankleshwer, India, March 3, 1911. 

My Dear Brethren : Greeting in the 
name of the Lord whom we serve joyful- 
ly. With this letter we bear you joyful 
news, such as good men like to hear 
from those whom they love in far-away 
lands. You know that we have been 
having, now and then in past years, fric- 
tion sometimes very annoying with some 
of our native brethren. And you know, 
at least to a limited extent, how keen that 
friction and opposition was. It is all 
gone now. The District Meeting is just 
over. All are happy. 

This is without question the best Dis- 
trict Meeting we have ever had in In- 
dia. There was not a jarring word, not 
a quarrelsome look, not a single com- 
plaint even about the food, and native 
people are great to complain about what 
they eat ! We had Brethren Wieand and 
Souders with us, and I think both are 
completely won over to the enthusiasm 
and devotion and opportunity of the 
work in India. Brother Wieand says 
it is the nearest thing to one of our 
District Meetings at home that he ever 
got into. 

Your humble servant had the open- 
ing service on Monday evening. I 
preached from the words, " Hitherto 
the Lord hath helped us." Introduction, 
Samuel's experience, missionary experi- 
ence and our own Church of the Breth- 
ren's experience in the important field 
of missions. I. A long look into the fu- 
ture; vision. II. Sympathy. III. Self- 
sacrifice. IV. Hard work. V. Contin- 
ued faith. VI. Communion with God. 

We all sat on the floor and ate to- 
gether, without knives or forks or 
spoons. It was like one long continued 
love feast before the Lord. And the 
church at Vulli undertook to feed the 
multitude free of charge. There were 
about 100 altogether present at the meet- 
ings from first to last. And they began, 
as I said, on Monday night, and ended 
Thursday evening. Tuesday morning 
Brother Long was leader of the meet- 
ing, and the meeting was missionary. 
The facts of our field were pressed 
again and again, and the open doors burn 
into our hearts with increased burning. 
In the afternoon meeting, we had a new 
thing, that is, a native chairman, and 
American and Indian speakers intermin- 
gled. Brother Wieand says he thinks 
we are keeping ourselves in the back- 
ground of the work, — just what we 
ought to do. 

Tuesday night the meeting was for 
purity, holiness to the Lord, and the 
speakers were practically all natives. 
The feeling ran high for the subject in 
hand, and those whom we look upon 
as our boys acquitted themselves nobly, 
we all felt. We sat and listened with 
great joy to their pressing the truths 
that are essential to the best welfare of 
our church. 

Wednesday was another full day with 
some that was left over from the day 
before. The time was too short, and ad- 
ditional speakers were on the program. 
It was intended to be a class-meeting 
day for many who were half-hearted 
Christians, but very few of them were 
induced to attend. Brother Wieand 
preached in the afternoon, in a plain, 
practical talk, which was greatly ap- 
preciated. He looked at the hungry au- 
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and seeing how their faces beamed in 
response to his words, he was wholly 
captivated. He will tell you about it 
when he has a chance, without much 

After the everting services a praise 
meeting was run on to near midnight. 
They were doing it themselves, but hear- 
ing lively sounds about 10: 30 Brother 
Long and I went out to see what it all 
was. The whole company of native 
men and hoys were full up with native 
joy. They were singing for their lives' 
sake. An old man got up and in a half- 
jumping sort of way, lined out a tune 
now and then for all to follow and they 
all would go on with the singing. Pres- 
ently one of the high caste converts 
slowly rose, walked over to where a 
low caste convert was standing, as he 
sang as I said above, and threw both 
arms about him and embraced him. 
There was no word. Many smiled. The 
high caste convert went and sat down 
again ! And there and then was enacted 
one of the greatest scenes in the drama 
of the Christian missionary work the 
world has ever witnessed. My heart 
was full. The singing and music went 
on. It was the ordinary, just what was 
to be expected. But really something to 
think about, indeed! 

As they sang, one after another, 
moved by the .Spirit, jumped to his feet 
and called out a verse he could make 
rhythmical enough to be called poetry, 
and all with a renewed zest would join 
him in the chorus of his verse. For ex- 
ample a paraphrase: 

" We're a hundred come to Vulli, but we 
do not mean to stay. 
The Bhils are turning Christian for 
they're putting drink away." 

And then a rousing chorus, which was 

the same every time. Others would 

versify something about the life or death 

of Jesus, and then whirl off into the 

■ever-ready enthusiasm-begetting chorus. 

I never saw anything just like it, but I 

hope to see it again. Praise the Lord! 
They continued till after twelve o'clock. 

Thursday was District Meeting prop- 
er. Perhaps not proper, if we require 
queries and papers and difficult things 
for a proper meeting! We had no 
queries. The only thing we had was 
routine work' and missions ! We hope 
our people here will come to be a MIS- 

The organization was perfected by 
electing Brother J. B. Emmert modera- 
tor, Brother John Pittenger, secretary, 
and Brother Lellu Kalidas, secretary, al- 
so. There were eleven native delegates, 
and missionaries Ebey, Lichty, Pitten- 
ger, Ross, Emmert, Long, Eby, Stover, 
and Sisters Ebey, Lichty, Eby, Miller, 
Himmelsbaugh, Ziegler, together with 
Bro. Souders, Brother Wieand and wife. 
The meeting was in Raj Pipla State, 
Vulli, and Sister Eliza had brought her 
forty or more girls from Bulsar, which 
was good. 

Brother Blough was elected member 
of the Standing Committee for this year. 
Collection from the churches were taken, 
together with a special collection on the 
day, and the total came up to Rs. 636- 
10-6, or about $212. Then there was 
special prayer for the two workers, the 
missionaries sent out by the First Dis- 
trict of India. An explanation was made 
about the Brethren having had the first 
Sunday-school in Philadelphia, and those 
first tickets of long ago. 

Then I said I begged to present a 
thought which had become a burden on 
my mind, and having permission, I said, 
in short, I had determined on giving the 
tenth of all I received, from this District 
Meeting to the next, to the Lord. I 
said we have sometimes a little tight 
pressure to make ends meet, but I felt 
that it was well worth while and in 
this way try the Lord. And I 
asked if there were others who would 
like to join me, as I wanted company. 
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pledged himself, a few had been giving, 
they of E. H. Eby's workers, but most 
had not. Ten spoke and pledged. Then 
the moderator said we ought to pray, 
that this was VERY GOOD, and all 
who wanted to join with this company 
of givers of the tenth should with them 
stand, and they and we would enter into 
solemn prayer! And glory to the dear 
Father, thirty native men stood, and ten 
missionaries ! And the prayer was deep 
and sweet that ascended before the 
Lord ! By noon the meeting closed. 

In the afternoon was our regular com- 
mittee meeting. Those whose time had 
expired were reelected to the Field Com- 
mittee, and Bro. Emmert was chosen to 
take Brother Blough's place, both as a 
member of committee, and as secretary, 
so that Bro. Emmert has his hands full. 
He makes a good moderator. There 
were no changes either in the Native 
Committee, that is, the District Mission 
Board, only that Brother Emmert was 
chosen instead of Brother Blough, as 
the only American on that Board. 

The work of the District Mission 
Board is the most encouraging feature 
of the meeting, perhaps. Not in its 

present strength, but in the possibility 
for the future, and in the matter of train- 
ing for doing work among themselves 
for their own people. It is very good, 

The baptisms for the month of Feb- 
ruary were as follows : Dangs one, Vy- 
ara five, and Ankleshwer ten. Three 
men were baptized at Vulli, the three 
of whom I wrote to the Messenger last 
week, saying they pressed the point so 
earnestly I scarcely knew how to refuse 
them. They came here, followed us to 
District Meeting, and there asked bap- 
tism again, and were baptized. The old 
man seemed particularly happy, as he 
had thrown away his beads for Hindu- 
ism. Brother Wieand has them now, 
but not to wear as a Hindu at all. He 
was happy and glad. 

The sentiment and feeling of all the 
missionary body is that we are now face 
to face with some great days in mis- 
sionary work. The dawn is just upon 
us, and we are glad, yet ever prayerful 
that we may be guided in all things. 
Faithfully yours, 

W. B. Stovp:k. 



of Limhamn rejoices 
to know that the 
Board is seeking so 
many workers for the 
world field and among 
the number a brother 
and sister for Sweden. 
He says, " In these 
days when all men are 
lovers of self and 
much selfish it is difficult even for the 
faithful to hold themselves down in hu- 
mility and poverty of spirit." One Sun- 
dav each month he spends at Cimrisham, 
Landskrona, Kjeflinge and Sodervid- 

dinge, and then at home in Malmo and 
Limhamn. He also visits Tralleborg, and 
Torp, giving him a large field. Lately 
brother Nils Jonsson, a young brother 
soon becoming of age, was called to the 
ministry. He has been with Bro. Anders- 
son and promises to be a minister of pow- 
er as he grows older in the work. Bro. 
Bokman whose " testimony " at prayer 
meetings was of unusual power, but in 
whose body the dread disease consump- 
tion was gaining rapidly, has had to close 
his business and is now constantly in bed. 
" He is very glad to go home to Jesus 
and is waiting for death every day." 
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has again been much reason for rejoic- 
ing. Elder Jonsson has had " blessed 
meetings in Gulastorp. The Lord's Spirit 
rested in fullness upon them and one soul 
was saved, praise the Lord ! Indeed the 
Lord 'answers prayer. We wrestled and 
prayed night and day arid have great rea- 
son to praise and thank the Lord for His 
wonderful grace." Bro. Jonsson's oldest 
son Nils has now confessed Christ, and 
this means that four of the children are 
in the church. Commenting on this he 
further says : " It is the young genera- 
tion whom the Lord wants in His service 
so they can take up the work after us 
when we must leave it." After express- 
ing a strong desire for the progress of 
the kingdom he remarks, " The Lord 

with His fire of love can break the stone- 
hardened heart," In that exceedingly 
rocky country the figure has unusual 
force to the writer. 

Bro. Nils Jonsson of Malmo, the young 
minister, has been out of work for some 
months and spends his time in reading 
the Visitor and Messenger as best be 
can. He says this reading does him 
much good and he is glad to know the 
church better. 

It is a joy to have these letters from 
our beloved in Sweden. How our hearts 
go back to the precious days spent with 
them last summer ! Their call for help, 
" for some one to lead us forward " con- 
stantly rings in our ears. God bless our 
faithful in Europe ! g. b. r. 

Chinese Custom — That Middle Man 

F. H. Crumpacker 

NE of the hardest 
things the missionary 
has to do in China is 
to get accustomed to 
all the customs of the 

Some of these are 
more difficult than 
others. I refer now 
to one of the most 
trying that I have met 
since here, " the middle man." There 
can scarcely be the least transaction of 
any kind but we must have this fellow 
to have his part in it, and then he always 
gets a " rake off." I mean by that he 
expects pay for his services, whether this 
service be hunting a house to rent, a 
house to buy, a servant to employ, a 
mechanic to do a job of work, or 'to find 
a wife for some one. Usually this fel- 
low is to be paid in money, but still if 
there is an educated man who'has given 
you help as middle man the right thing 
to d^ is to invite him to a feast. 

I will give just one experience, ani 
that is the one used in buying the home 
we live in. We had been accustomed at 
home to doing our own business affairs, 
but we were not long in finding out that 
we could not do that way here, so we 
submitted to the " necessary nuisance." 
I call him a necessary nuisance, as he is 
so often a real barrier to a quick settle- 
ment of the business. He has been hold- 
ing the price above what was offered in 
the hope that in the exchange of money 
he can get an extra amount of pay. The 
Chinese call it a " squeeze." 

In our case the price mentioned to 
start with was Taels 400. And then 
that ever tiresome work of " jewing " be- 
gan. To make a long story short, in 
this case the price gradually fell from 
the original to Taels 100. I think the 
middle man was the cause of the slow- 
ness with which this was accomplished. 
Usually the pay is on the basis of the 
amount of the deal. In this place the 
custom is about 2 per cent. In marriage 


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agreements it is not on the percentage put off a day or two to let the middle 

basis. You can here see that we some- 
times have to do things that we would 
gladly use other methods to do. Often 
the slightest matter of business must be 

man have his time. We can't hurry 
this fellow. And often he is the poorest 
type of man to be found in the place. 
Custom ! Custom ! Custom ! 

A Day in China 

Emma Horning 

NE morning early 
while we were having 
worship with the serv- 
ants, one of our old 
friends came to invite 
us to drink tea and 
take dinner with her 
and one of her friends 
on the morrow. She 
had an invitation all 
written out for us 
and was very eager to have us come. But 
in Chinese way she made very many 
excuses over their poor home, and asked 
us many times not to laugh at their poor 
old home and poor food. She said, "Just 
wait and I will come for you in the 
morning and we will go together." 

She has been attending our women's 
meeting most of the time since we came 
and seems much interested. She is sev- 
enty-two years old, but is as strong and 
active as a woman of thirty. She can 
walk better than most of the young wom- 
en. Her time is mostly occupied in car- 
ing for the sick. She does all she knows 
for them, then goes from temple to tem- 
ple, offering incense and praying to the 
gods to heal the sick. Thus her days are 
spent in seeking relief for the sick and 
suffering. But what can her gods do for 
her! May she still in her old age find 
the Light ! 

The next morning, breakfast and 
morning worship over, we had our lesson 
with our teachers as usual. Then the 
women came whom we are teaching to 

read, sing, etc. In the midst of this 
our old friend came. When we were 
ready she led the way through winding 
streets across the city to the- south gate, 
where we entered a new home in which 
we had not been before. It was indeed 
a poor-looking home, but the welcome 
was most hearty and we felt at home at 
once. Everything was in one room. Din- 
ner was being prepared on the kong bed 
when we arrived. One end was soon 
cleared and we mounted the kong, sat 
on the rug, crossed our feet tailor-fash- 
ion and began to talk. We here do not 
first talk about the weather, but about 
each other's ages, children and family 
relations. The preliminaries over, they 
saw the stereoscope which we had 
brought with us and asked to see the 
pictures. As they saw the pictures they 
heard the life of Christ for the first time 
and were greatly interested. Soon cups 
of tea came and some cakes, which we 
were urged to eat till dinner was ready. 
The household consisted of a wife, her 
husband and his sister. He took charge 
of all the cooking while the women sat 
on the kong and visited. Our clothing 
was all examined, especially our shoes. 
They spoke about how dreadful it was 
to have their feet bound, how much pain 
they always had, and how, when they 
were six years old, their mothers bound 
their feet so tightly that they were 
crushed and bled several basins of blood, 
as they stated it, and how for days and 
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partly unbound her foot and showed us 
the tiny stump of the remains of the big 
toe and heel. The rest had all been 
crushed to nothing. 

" But why do you do it when you must 
suffer so? " we asked them. 

" Oh, people would make fun of us 
and laugh at us if we had big feet," they 
said. So they suffer for fashion's sake, 
the iron hand of custom! 

I read some Bible truths to them and 
the old woman told them a number of 
Bible stories that she had heard at the 
Sunday services. May the seed/, sown 
bring forth fruit ! 

The patient little wife told us some of 
her life of sorrow. She had been to 
school some when she was a child, but 
the teacher treated her so severely that 
she could not go very long. She showed 
us a big scar on her forehead where he 
had thrown her down and made a great 
gash in it. The husband whom her par- 
ents 'chose for her turned out to be an 
opium smoker and treated her very 
badly. Their only daughter and only 
child he sold to satisfy his craving. But 
still her sorrows did not cease, for she 
took sick and her whole body was cov- 
ered with sores, f rom which she has • 
mostly recovered, but one hand is crip- 
pled so she can not use it ,and she is not 
able to walk. All she can do is to sit on 
the kong all day long. She can not sew, 
work, or read. The greatest blessing 
now is that she has a good second hus- 
band to take care of her. He soon had 
dinner ready for us and served us most 
gallantly as we sat around the low table 
placed before us on the kong. He proved 
to be a very good cook and we tried 
to do justice to his kindness. 

• Several hours passed very swiftly and 
pleasantly as we tried to teach and enter 
into sympathy with the circumstances 
of the family. About four o'clock we, 
with the old woman, started for home, 
followed by many hearty invitations to 
come again. 

On the way home we passed a temple 
where they had been having a " play." 
The people crowded around us so much 
to see the foreigners that we were very 
glad to get past. We passed two other 
temples on the way and stopped in to see 
them. At both places the dear old wom- 
an dropped her staff and fell on her face 
before the idols. How we did pity her ! 
How we do want to show these people 
the way of life at once ! But 'tis not the 
work of a day. She says Jesus is a 
good God, but she must worship the oth- 
ers also. She is so old and has believed 
and worshiped these gods so long and 
earnestly that she may be slow in re- 
ceiving the whole truth. But we will 
most earnestly pray that the light will 
soon break to her and she may receive 
the new truth in her old age. 

We stopped at the home of another 
of her friends, where we again drank tea 
and showed the pictures, giving us an- 
other chance to tell the " sweet old sto- 
ry." She wanted us to stop and see sev- 
eral other of her friends, but as it was 
getting late we said we would see them 
at another time. 

Thus the Lord is opening home after 
home where the gospel story is told for 
the first time. W T e have now been in 
over forty homes and are welcome to 
return any time to most of them. 

Ping Ting Chou, China. 


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China's Spring Holiday 

Minerva Metzger 

CCORDING to the 
reckoning of the Chi- 
nese, spring has again 
come. The Govern- 
or has plowed his fur- 
row. For many, many 
years it has been the 
custom of the head 
official of every large 
city of this land actu- 
ally to go out into the 
field, put his own hands on the plow 
handle and turn the first soil of the 
spring plowing. All this is to show to 
his subjects that farming is no mean in- 
dustry, but that it is a highly dignified 

In the Celestial Kingdom farmers rank 
second in the social order. The literary 
men claim the first place, for intellect is 
above all else ; second, the man who tills 
the soil, for without his products man 
could not subsist ; third, the mechanic, 
for man must have shelter; fourth, the 
merchant, who does not contribute much 
to society, for he handles only the goods 
— he is a sort of middleman ; last, the 
soldier. He is given the lowest place, 
because he contributes nothing whatever 
for man's benefit ; his work is to destroy. 
The Spring Festival is a great day of 
the year. It comes immediately after the 
first few days of the New Year celebra- 
tions. Men walk many li (Chinese mile, 
equal to one-third of an English mile) 
over the worst kind of roads to be pres- 
ent on this occasion. Some bring their 
children, carrying them for long dis- 
tances. Every one comes out ; not only 
men and children, but women leave their 
places of seclusion to see the parade. 
The street and the top of the walls are 
a sea of purple, blue, red and green, for 
all have donned their best dress suits, ex- 

cept the poor, who have but one and do 
not have the money to rent as many do. 
There is no display of flags and bunting 
such as we find in American cities on all 
state occasions. All the decorations are 
left to the parade. The crowd today in 
this city of interior China was indeed 
singular ; no impatience, no crowding, no 
drunken brawls. 

Slowly the procession advanced and 
passed, going out to the field, a few li 
outside the city walls. All the seventy- 
two vocations and avocations were repre- 
sented. Even the suffering class was 
not forgotten. Among this class were 
several men with false gray beards and 
tattered garments. Next came the stand- 
ard bearers, the soldiers, the officials, the 
umbrella bearers, and last the Governor 
of this district. He was carried in an 
open chair by eight men. None but an 
official may be carried by this number of 
coolies ; others have two or four. This 
is the only time of the year the people 
see him. According to the teachings of 
the sage, Confucius, he turned his head 
neither to the right nor left, nor batted 
his eyes. All prominent men were either 
carried in sedan chairs or rode on fine 
horses. The Governor's seal and diplo- 
ma were wrapped in the imperial yellow 
and strapped on the backs of two men on 

The decorations were mostly red, with 
some green, blue and yellow. Some of 
the pennants and standards and huge um- 
brellas were gorgeous and costly. They 
were made of red silk with characters in 
gold or black velvet. Two men with 
paper arrows fastened on their backs rep- 
resented the ancient mode of warfare. 
Several men carried toy animals on 
plates ; others had long poles with gilded 
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end. In answer to our questions as to 
the meaning of many things, we were 
told to honor the official, for beauty, for 
custom. So long have these people clung 
to old forms that even the traditional 
meaning has been lost. 

In less than an hour the Governor re- 
turned. The parade was now led by a 
paper cow, life size. Inside the official's 
courtyard she was given five strokes. The 
first stroke was on the'mouth, asking her 
to give gentle winds and rain ; the second, 
on the head, to give the nation peace and 
happiness ; the third, on the neck, that 
the sun miay give them a threefold bless- 
ing, as if it were three suns ; the fourth, 
on the feet, that each of the four seasons 
may give its special blessing ; the fifth, on 
the back, that all the children may grow 

up to be great men. After this is done 
she is torn to pieces. Sometimes she 
has been filled with nuts and candy and 
the children scramble to get a share of 
the spoils. 

Another interesting character in this 
courtyard is an effigy of the weather 
man. From Peking, the weather predic- 
tions are sent throughout the whole 
country. If this figure is dressed in furs 
the spring will be cold and stormy ; if 
in lighter garments, then it will be warm. 
If in red, there will be much sickness and 
death; if in white, there will be peace, 
health and happiness. This is not a re- 
ligious service, but a custom. 

Ping Ting Chou, Shansi, China, Feb. 
4> 1911- 

The Negro Church of Denver and 

Its Progress 

Wm. Rhodes 

This article, written by the first minister 
of the Denver Colored church, comes at 
an opportune time, the General Mission 
Board having just given permission to 
Northwest Kansas and Northeast Colorado 
to s'olicit the Brotherhood for funds to 
establish the work on a substantial basis. 
At present the church has two ministers 
and one deacon. — Ed. 

N the year 1903 there 
was no sheltering 
place for the negro 
orphans o f Denver, 
nor for the older ones 
of the race. The col- 
ored citizens did not 
seem to give the un- 
fortunates any atten- 
tion, but rather left 
them to the mercies of the white man. 
Being a native of the Southland and 
accustomed to our own institutions, I 
was consulted by the interested white 
citizens as to what would be best con- 



cerning such ones of my race. After 
giving the matter some thought and 
prayer, I readily decided that the best 
thing would be to have a separate in- 
stitution for the colored orphans and old 
people. This idea met with the earnest 
approval of the thinking white citizens 
but was not so satisfactory to my own 
race. The decision was not reached 
without a hard struggle, surrounded as 
we were with all the evils of life in a 
city, but God was ever with me in the 

Many denominations about us were 
endeavoring to obey the command " Go 
ye," and all seemed to turn their spiritual 
attention toward the negro orphanage. 
However, God knows best how to man- 
age His work. He provided us with a 
good Christian matron to help carry it 
on. He still heard and answered prayers. 
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Two Loyal Sisters of the Denver Church. 

their very best to gain us to their doc- 
trine the Lord sent in His workman in 
the person of Brother A. C. Root, and 
his faithful wife. These faithful work- 
ers labored earnestly, distributed their 
church literature and held Bible read- 
ings until we felt certain they were spir- 
itually interested in us. Allow me to 
say here ■ that we soon learned to love 
them and look forward to their next 
visit. Each visif seemed to portray the 
Christlike Spirit. After listening to 
Brother Root's sermons, hearing the 
Christian testimonies from various mem- 
bers of his church and reading many 
tracts distributed, we began to under- 
stand the true teaching of Jesus Christ. 
Next came Elder A. C. Daggett, from 
Covert, Kans., who took up the subject 
of baptism, which I did not very well 
understand. After his teaching I under- 
stood thoroughly and at once told fiim 
that I was ready to put on the whole 
armor. This I did and seven others fol- 
lowed my example. 

Dear Christian friends, at large, I am 
happy to say that you were kind to obey 
Christ's command, " Go teach all na- 
tions.'' I am confident now that God 
wanted the black man to be under the 
tutorship of the Brethren church. No 
doubt the Brotherhood knows there is 
a colored church in Colorado. It origi- 
nated through the working of your mis- 
sionaries, who organized us into a mis- 
sion point in March, 1909. Here we 
have worked faithfully and gained thir- 
teen others, increasing our number from 
eight to twenty-one. We organized into 
a church in January, 1910. Since that 
date we have held two love feasts, and 
greatly enjoyed the privilege of doing 
so. At 'this writing I am pleased to say 
that we have three others who are ready 
for baptism. 

I rejoice to know that our District 
Mission Board will furnish means for 
one of our own race, Sister Campbell, 
to do mission work among our own 
people. Her work begins April, 1911. 


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Dr. S. K. Hutton, in Moravian Missions . 

A mere name in one of my Labrador 
letters last autumn brought a little scene 
to my mind which I think may be worth 
putting on paper, not for any great in- 
terest or excitement that it has in it, 
for it has none of the latter, but because 
it gives a peep into the mind of an Eski- 
mo Christian. , 

Ruth is the name : and this is the 


It was a very timid tap at the door, 
a very timid tap, indeed. It was hardly 
enough to rouse me from my writing ; 
and I had to ask my wife to stop the 
sewing machine for a minute, so that we 
might listen whether it came again. It 
came again, the gentle tapping of fin- 
gers, and this time the door slowly 
opened and a wrinkled old face came 
peeping round. The eyes blinked a lit- 
tle at the sudden light, and then the door 
opened a little wider and in came Ruth. 

Can you imagine her? A little, square, 
squat figure of a woman, with a Broad 
face, and a few wisps of grey hair strag- 
gling from under a checked handker- 
chief that covered her head. She had 
on a fine calico sillapak, gorgeously em- 
broidered in wools, and a black skirt 
reaching to the tops of her boots. The 
boots deserve a line to themselves, white 
bottoms, black tongues and leggings, 
stitched together by those nimble fingers 
with incredible neatness. 

Ruth reached for her handkerchief 
and mopped her face ; she looked rather 
agitated, and had an air of importance 
about her. She stuffed the handkerchief 
back into the leg of her boot; and I am 
afraid, just a little bit afraid, that as 
she pulled up her skirt to do it I caught 
a glimpse of a well-used-looking tobac- 
co pipe peeping furtively out of the oth- 
er boot. But, as I say, I won't commit 
myself as to that; it was a passing 

A Group of, Eskimos and the Labrador Mission Motor Boat. Photo by S. K. Hutton. 


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Ruth and Jafet, with Their Son Jeremias and Children. 

glimpse, and, besides, it is a good many 
years ago now ; so let the pipe pass. 
Ruth said, " Aksunai " (be strong), and 
I said, " Anaila " (yes, the same to 
you). The preliminaries were over, and 
I expected Ruth to sit down and get to 
business. So many folks had come with 
baskets to sell, and skin purses and 
gloves and things to " truckey " (trade) 
for stockings or skirts or anything wear- 
able, that I quite expected Ruth to pro- 
duce something of the sort. As a mat- 
ter of fact, she was fishing in her hood, 
but the " catch " that she made in its 
depths was a surprise to me, for with a 
good deal of hunching of shoulders and 
screwing to fish a little deeper, she 
brought out an Eskimo hvmn-book. She 
rearranged her hood before going any 
further, putting her book carefully upon 
the bench meanwhile ; then she opened 
the pages and produced a scrap of paper. 
This she handed to me with an air of 
great consequence, and walked out of 
the room. " The plot thickens," thought 
I. I couldn't help smiling at this little 
play ; and as the queer little figure moved 
slowly and with the utmost dignity out 
of the doorway I unfolded the scrap 
of paper and read, " Ruth will einen 
Vers singen." The handwriting was 

that of our head missionary, a German 
brother ; and I need hardly translate the 
words, for even long years have left our 
languages just a little alike in parts. 
Ruth had thought I might not under- 
stand her if she spoke Eskimo, so to 
make sure she had got her message 
written down. While I was studying 
the paper, the door opened again, and 
I looked for Ruth. But Jafet came first,, 
a feeble old man, peering and blinking, 
and evidently propelled from the rear 
by Ruth's encouraging hand. He seemed 
very nervous, and perhaps a trifle awed : 
but in he came, with a grunt of ac 
knowledgment to my " Aksunai," and 
after him came Ruth. 

The two old folks sat down, and 
Ruth opened her hymn-book. She 
licked her thumb and turned the pages, 
and held the book to the light to see 
the better, and wiped her spectacles with 
the. tail of her sillapak, and turned more 
pages ; she knew what she wanted, and 
with a " h'm " to clear her throat she 
thrust a share of the book into Jafet's 
trembling hand, and began to sing. Ja- 
fet joined in with his quavering bari- 
tone; and there we sat, my wife and I, 
listening to a hymn of welcome and en- 
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and Joan. Can you imagine anything 
more touching? There sat the two old 
.people, grasping each a corner of the 
book, bending their heads low to see 
the words, and singing in perfect tune. 
Poor old Jafet soon broke down ; he just 
sat there and sobbed ; but Ruth sang on, 
clear and true, though her eyes were 
wet and her old hands trembled. When 
the hymn was finished she said, " Nako- 
mek " (I am thankful), and shook 
hands with us ; then she nudged her 
husband and led him quietly home. 

Jafet died a couple of years ago; but 
Ruth still lives at Okak, earning a liv- 

ing by plaiting straw mats and baskets, 
and even in her old age she is the best 
of the basket workers. Many a home in 
England contains specimens of her 
work, for she sends a big boxful to mar- 
ket by the Harmony every year. She is 
a good type of Eskimo, and the great 
satisfaction of her old age is that her 
son, Jeremias, is a credit to her ; she has 
brought him up to be a good and useful 
man. Her one trouble is that her eye- 
sight is failing. " I cannot work as well 
as I used to do," she says ; " my eyes 
are too old for medicine to cure. Soon 
I think my Father will call me home." 
Aksunai, Ruth ! 

Facts to Ponder 

Selected by Cora R. Price 

Is it well to say, " Charity begins at 
home," about the time an offering for 
foreign missions is to be taken? 

Is it spiritual and Christian economy 
to argue that until the local work is well 
established it is folly to ask the church 
to give for missions, especially for for- 
eign missions? 

In 1832 the Baptists of Indiana sep- 
arated on mission and anti-mission lines, 
each division numbering about 3,000 

In 1882, fifty years later, the anti-mis- 
sion Baptists still numbered about 3,000, 
while the missionary Baptists had in- 
creased to 37,000. 

In 1836 the Miami Baptist Association 
of Ohio divided on mission and anti- 
mission lines. Nineteen churches with 
742 members excluded six churches with 
441 members, for having the missionary 

In 1888, fifty-two years later, the nine- 
teen anti-mission churches had decreased 

to five (one has since died), the 742 
members had decreased to 151, and not 
one of these churches had as many mem- 
bers as in 1836. Not only that, but not 
one had a settled pastor nor preaching 
more than once a month. But the six 
missionary churches, excluded 52 years 
before, had increased to 65, were divided 
into two associations, and the 441 mem- 
bers had increased to 7,212. 

In 1840 the Baptists of North Carolina 
separated on mission and anti-mission 
lines, the missionary Baptists numbering 
about 24,000 and the anti-mission, 12,- 
000. Fifty years later, in 1890, the anti- 
mission Baptists of the State were still 
about 12,000, but the missionary Baptists 
had increased to 300,000. 

Facts speak louder than words. 
" There is that withholdeth more than is 
meet, but it tendeth to poverty." 

American Baptist Missionary Union, 
Boston, Mass. Sample copies free. 

Lancaster, Pa. 


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The International Conference for the 
suppression of the opium evil is called 
to meet at The Hague, Holland, May 
30 of this year. The International Re- 
form Bureau recommends for adoption 
by societies resolutions to the effect that 
they join in the appeals of the Chinese 
and British Parliaments and peoples, to 
the British Government for the immedi- 
ate release of China from the British 
Opium Treaties. 

The centennial of the birth of Cyrus 
Hamlin, missionary to Turkey and 
founder of Robert College, Constantino- 
ple, has recently been observed at his 
alma mater, Bangor Seminary, in Maine. 

Two hundred and five doctors in the 
diocese of Oxford, England, recently 
signed an appeal for medical missions, 
based on the following reasons : 

1. The example and authority of 

2. The teaching of the Bible in the 
miracles of healing and their results. 

3. The relief of suffering thru medic- 
al missions in regions where ignorance 
and quackery prevail. 

4. The need for lady physicians to the 
secluded women of the East. 

5. The need of medical service to mis- 
sionaries themselves. 

6. The history of medical missions is 
their best justification. 

According to the Missionary Review 
the Moslems are preparing to invade 
London and are asking for a fund of 
$500,000 to build a central mosque that 
shall be used as a headquarters for the 
movement. The Review deplores the 
fact that there are some Englishmen 
who have gone over to the Eastern faith, 

who wear the green turban as a sign 
that they have made the pilgrimage to 

~ w 

A poor blind woman in Paris, we are 
told, put 27 francs into a plate at a mis- 
sionary meeting. " You cannot afford 
so much," said one. " Yes, I can," she 
answered. On being pressed to explain, 
she said : " I am blind, and I said to my 
fellow straw-workers, ' How much mon- 
ey do you spend in a year for oil in your 
lamps when it is too dark to work 
nights?' They replied, 'Twenty-seven 
francs.' So," said the poor woman, " I 
found that I save so much in the year 
because I am blind and do not need a 
lamp, and I give it to shed light to the 
dark heathen lands." — New York Ob- 

Tffl r 

Recently Count Okuma, a great Jap- 
anese statesman, said : " The fatal de- 
fect in the teachings of the great sages 
of Japan and China is that while they 
deal with virtue and morals, they do not 
sufficiently dwell on the spiritual nature 
of man ; and any nation that neglects the 
spiritual, tho it may flourish for a time, 
must eventually decay. The origin of 
modern civilization is to be found in the 
teachings of the Sage of Judea, by whom 
alone the necessary moral dynamic is 
supplied." — Chinese Recorder. 

According to a veteran missionary, the 
Arabic Bible is the best selling book in 
Syria today. 

7m r 

The next Conference of the World 
Student Christian Federation is to be 
held in Robert College, Constantinople, 
April 26-30, 1911. The last one of these 
conferences was held at Oxford, En- 
gland, in 1909. 


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A complete change seems to have come 
over the Belgian Congo since the begin- 
ning of King Albert's reign. Mr. Clark, 
an American missionary, who was quite 
outspoken against King Leopold's rule, 
declares, after a two months' journey 
thru the districts which used to be the 
worst, that he did not meet with a single 
abuse nor hear a single complaint. The 
natives no longer fly from white men, 
and they are rebuilding their villages and 
resuming the cultivation of their fields. 
Labor is honestly paid for and trading is 
carried on freely. 

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Recently a missionary in Morocco, at 
the solicitation of a native, gave him a 
Gospel. Just as it was given a better- 
class man walked in and seeing the Gos- 
pel in the first man's hand, said, " What 
are you doing with that Book? It is sin 
for you to touch it. Why! don't you 
know that that Book speaks ? " Thank 
God that the old Book speaks, and even 
the heathen realize it ! 

The following is the opinion of a wise 
old Brahmin on the importance of res- 
cuing the lower classes of India's popula- 
tion : " The lower classes form a fourth 
part of our entire population, and thru 
our own folly and negligence they are 
slipping off our hands and becoming 
Christians, when they will be lost to us; 
then the third part will take their place, 
and they too the ' Padris ' will take from 
us, and so will be the fate of the remain- 
ing two, and we will be lost altogether." 

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Christian work among the indentured 
Kanakas on Queensland sugar planta- 
tions gathered 2,484 converts into 
churches before the government forbade 
the importation of Kanaka labor. Five 
hundred of these have gone back to the 
grossly heathen and cannibalistic Solo- 
mon Islands. Forty schools are taught 

and supported by native Christians — one 
result of this home-coming. A flourish- 
ing evangelistic work is also reported. 
— Missionary Review. 

"Why did you become a Christian?" 
I heard a Mohammedan ask a fellow- 
tribesman who had recently been bap- 
tized ; and the answer was in these 
words : " There is one verse in the 
Gospel which alone would be enough to 
make me wish to be a Christian." " What 
is that?" "It is the words in St. Mat- 
thew : ' Come unto Me : I will give you 
rest. You shall find rest to your soul.' I 
know the books of Islam, and there is no 
promise of rest there. I want that rest." 
The baptized man added, " I have be- 
lieved on the Man who made the prom- 
ise, and I have the rest." 


Rent are its walls with rime, 
And the austere touch of Time, 
Yet ever about it clings 
A savor of sacred things, 
As though there lingered there 
The living presence of prayer, 
The faint, sweet wraith of song 
Stealing its aisles along. 

Its panes are grimed with dust, 

And its hinges caked with rust; 

Only the spiders use 

Its straight-backed, stately pews; 

Never a voice is heard 

Reading the Holy Word, 

Unless it be the wind 

Slipping in through the blind, 

Expounding its " next " and " next " 

From a fond, familiar text, 

To the unseen listeners — they 

The ghosts of a vanished day. 

Silent, sombre, drear, 

Crumbling year by year — 

Belfry, rafter, floor, 

Lapsing evermore — 

A something fine remains 

Despite the hurtle of rains. 

It stands exemplar still 

Of the Eternal Will; 

And, though it fall at last, 

Out of its golden past 

A guerdon of good shall spread 

E'en though its name be dead! 

— S. S. Times. 


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From the Firing Line 

O you attend church 
services anywhere?" 
" No ! I am ashamed 
to tell it, but we do 
not." " Then your 
children are not in 
Sunda y-s chool?" 
" No ! they are not ; 
but won't you come 

We enter, find a 
seat ; then the lady of the house begins to 
explain : " No, I am sorry to say my chil- 
dren are not in Sunday-school. I know 
they should be but I tell you, lady, we 
are poor people and I cannot dress my 
children like some of the others dress, 
and they make remarks and the children 
get discouraged and don't want to go 
any more." 

Then we try to tell them concerning 
the Church of the Brethren and the sim- 
plicity she tries to manifest. Some of 
them are glad and send the children to 
Sunday-school but many more just go 
on in their unconcerned, careless way. 
" We would be very glad to have your 
children come to Sunday-school. It does 
not make so much difference about the 
clothes. Let them come with what they 
have. You and your husband come also." 
" Oh, it just seems like we can't come. 
I can't get my husband to come. He 
works hard all week and says he wants 
to rest on Sunday. I used to go to church. 
T never missed a Sunday before I was 
married, but now I have so much work 
to do I don't have time." 

Don't have time ! Don't have time for 
Christ! Poor creatures! If they only 
knew what Christ could do for them 
they would surely take time for Him. 

"() mama, here comes the Sunday- 
school teacher!" Then we hear a mov- 
ing of chairs back from the door so it 
can be opened to let us in. We are al- 

ways made welcome in these homes, al- 
though they are very humble. Our pray- 
er is that we may be the means in God's 
hands to bring Christ into some of these 

Those who have never come in contact 
with the poorer districts of the cities do 
not realize what it means. It does not 
seem possible that any of God's creatures 
could live as some of them do. Dirt and 
filth, quarreling and trouble all the time. 

Just the other week a very wicked 
woman died in this city. She lived on 
one of the poor streets. She was a 
drunkard. In the community where she 
lived there seemed to be a general re- 
joicing over her death. One little boy 
was sent to find out for sure if she were 
dead. He came running back saying, 
''She's dead, all right!" 

On the day of the funeral the entire 
community turned out to see them leave 
the house. One was heard to say: 
" Well, she's better off." Another ans- 
wered : " I don't know whether she is 
or not." It does seem so sad that these 
poor people do not realize how terrible 
it is to be ushered into eternity in such a 

" Sister ! I would come to Sunday- 
school, but I haven't any shoes and mama 
can't get me any now." So many need 
good, warm clothes for winter. Ofttimes 
the children would come if only the par- 
ents were more concerned, about sending 

" Are you looking for Sunday-school 
scholars?" " Yes, little boy. Do you go to 
Sunday-school?" "No." "Would you 
like to?" " Oh, yes, ma'am." " Where do 
you live?" " Right over there." " Well, 
we will go over and talk to your mama." 

Going over to the house we knocked 
at the door and one of the little girls 
came and said, " Mama hasn't time to 
talk to you." " Well, we'll go and talk 


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to her while she works." So we go 
around the house and find a woman 
bending over the wash-tub. She has six 
or seven children that should be in Sun- 
day-school. She promises to send them. 
The children want to come and we urge 
her to let them come, but they never 
come ; all because of the unconcern of the 

Great is the work to be done in our 
cities. " Pray ye the Lord of the harvest 
to send forth reapers into the field." 

Ohio. l. m. j. 

-je & 

Victory Thru Prayer. 

While engaged in revival services at a 
certain place, one evening after the serv- 
ices the pastor said, " Well, there were 
two families here tonight who have not 
been here for years and they have to 
come about seven miles, too. I believe 
they are deeply interested." 

" Yes, and they are under conviction 
if I know whom you have reference to," 
replied the evanglist. 

So saying, arrangements were soon 
made to visit these families. The men 
(husbands) of both families had been 
reared by Brethren parents. 

The first visit revealed the fact that 
both husband and wife were thinking; 
but one party was not yet convinced that 
our people were right. At the next place 
we soon found that the wife was more 
than anxious to accept the religion of 
Christ as we understand it. The hus- 
band was in the cornfield. 

Through dirt and dust we trudged to 
get a chance to talk to that husband, 
whose wife was yearning for Christian 
fellowship but would not accept it alone. 

For a little while the cornfield was to 
be the battle ground upon which a battle 

of no small moment was to be fought ; 
for, however that battle would go would 
decide the destiny of perhaps four souls. 
At least that is the way the evangelist 
sized up the situation. We might have 
stated before that these two families 
were near relatives ; and to move one 
family to a right decision would mean 
the conversion of both. 

A conversation with the man last in 
question soon revealed the fact that just 
one thing stood in the way, namely, his 
will. There was the crucial point. There 
the battle must be won or lost. Reason 
or emotion could move him no further. 
There was but one resource left, — pray- 
er. It might soften his will ; nothing else 
would. So there in the dirt and dust we 
knelt and wrestled with God for that 
man's will and his soul. Praise God, a 
victory was won. That family (the par- 
ents) stood for Christ a few nights later 
and the others in question followed. 
There was victory through prayer. 

Kansas. e. f. «. 


There was a time when, low on bended knee, 
With outstretched hand and wet, uplifted 

I cried: "O Father! teach me how to die, 
And give me strength Death's awful face to 

And not to fear." Henceforth my prayer 
shall be, 
"Help me to live!" Stern life walks 

slowly by, 
Relentless and inexorable. No cry 
For help or pity moveth her, as she 
Gives to each one the burden of the day, 
Nor heeds the. limb that bends beneath 
their load. 
We may not shrink from our appointed way, 
Nor pause to rest, however rough the 
She bids us walk in. Therefore let us pray, 
"Give us the strength we need to live, O 

—Julia C. R. Dorr. 


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Some months ago a lady, not of our 
denomination, came into the mission 
rooms and after inquiring about the 
mission work deposited $8 with us to be 
used for World-Wide Missions. She re- 
fused a receipt and hastily left the office. 
Her face was not forgotten. A few days 
ago this same charitable lady came into 
the office again and after inquiring about 
the China famine sufferers, deposited $16 
with us to be forwarded to the famine- 
stricken land. We turned to write her 
a receipt, but as we did so, she said, 
"Never mind a receipt ; I will trust you 
with the amount," and with that she was 
gone. We have not seen her since. Her 
appearance was that of a working lady, 
a toiler, about middle aged, and one 
whose every action would indicate that 
she was not unacquainted with grief. 
* * * 

After she had gone we were forced to 
meditate. Why was she so careful to 
conceal her identity? Was she ashamed 
of the gift ? We cannot believe such was 
the case, unless perchance she was 
grieved that the gift was not larger. And 
then we thought of the widow's mite, 
and of the scripture regarding the do- 
ings of the right hand and the left. We 
thought of the many who, in this world, 
are so careful regarding their every act 
and gift, that it may be made known and 
redound to their credit. We thought of 
those, who are inclined to do good only 
as the chance affords opportunity for 
display. Candidly, we were forced to 
admit that this dear woman, who may 
have sacrificed much that this amount of 
money could be turned into the Lord's 

treasury, had the commands and the 
teachings and the promises of the Lord 
all on her side. She was doing what 
she could and in a manner so unpreten- 
tious that no one but herself and her God 
would ever understand. 

But the greatest good in this world 
is often done in the most unlooked-for 
place, by the most unlooked-for people, 
and after the most unlooked-for fashion. 
Only the results are manifest and vis- 
ible. Souls are brought to Christ in this 
place and that, and no one can explain — 
but God. An earnest worker had quietly 
sown the seed and in the nighttime it had 
grown to fruition. God's coffers are 
filled and no one can explain — but God. 
Some devoted servants have to Him ded- 
icated their gifts in secret and only the 
results are visible. No one can explain 
the joy and illumination of the old moth- 
er's face, nor can they fathom the mys- 
tery of her unseen strength, nor the 
source of her unstinted prosperity — no 
one but God. With all of them God has 
rewarded openly, for in secret, with their 
burdens, have they gone to Him. 

* * A 

In relating the incident of this lady to 
a friend on the car, as we journeyed 
home the evening after it happened, we 
were overheard by a gentleman, who in- 
stantly made the remark, " There was 
no use of this woman acting that way. 
There are many in our own town who 
are needing help and that right badly." 
Is that remark a stranger? Does it need 
an introduction to you? When home 
missions are "presented did you ever see 


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one who then and there found it conven- 
ient to be an ardent supporter of foreign 
work? And when foreign missions were 
presented did not that same person turn 
with enthusiasm to the home field? We 
do not know this lady — Lord bless her ! 
— but dare we venture an opinion ? Her 
every appearance would indicate that she 
is a friend of those about her and that 
she would deny no one. And modestly 
we suggest that if she does no more for 
the homeless, hungering ones about her 
than every act of the gentleman on the 
car indicates he does, then her experience 
at first hand with the suffering is meager 
and threadbare indeed. 

* * * 

But the world overflows with the cyn- 
ic and the faultfinder, the critic and the 
man of selfishness. And the world em- 
braces and adores the friend af the un- 
fortunate. The lame, the halt and the 
blind, lying along the Jerusalem road, 
toward Jericho, sicken and tire at the 
multitude of Levites who pass by on the 
other side ; while the quiet, godly man, 
— the friend of the foreigner and the 
homeless, — is seen afar off and his com- 
ing is heralded with delight. He knows 
them all. He knows no foreigner. All 
are of the one family of God. 

* * * 

During March we received two let- 
ters, both from aged pilgrims, both hav- 
ing long served their churches as elders, 
who are still interested in the work of 
the Master. We know they are interest- 
ed in the Master's work, for each en- 
closed a check for $50. Possibly they 
are unknown to each other. Their 
homes are far apart. One, says, " I feel 
like doing something more for mission 
work. I don't expect to be here long, 
any more. I am now pretty far along 
in my eighty-fifth year. I came here be- 
fore this church was organized over fif- 
ty-six years ago." This brother's church 
is now the largest in the District. The 
other says, " I have traveled over these 

. . . hills for thirty years to preach 
the Gospel on my own expenses. I 
have paid money to India Mission, Asia 
Minor, China, Switzerland and France, 
and now we want to keep a native min- 
ister in India." When men are so anx- 
ious today about what they eat and wear 
and use, it is refreshing to hear ring out, 
above the commercially-charged atmos- 
phere, two aged voices so strong and 
clear and true. 

* * * 

Then there is another side to this pic- 
ture. The. letters of these two brethren 
sound very much alike. Both write hope- 
fully, both sound young. It is as if their 
pens were guided by the same unseen 
Hand. And we believe they were. 
Through them God inscribed the words 
on that page. If the messages had not 
been guided by Him they could not have 
been so harmonious. The two lives 
have been missionary ; they have been 
spent in a common cause. We will be 
old some day. How sustaining it will 
be, when that time comes, if we shall 
still find joy and rest and peace in the 
same work as that in which our lives 
have been spent ! Of all the activities of 
human experience, only the affairs of 
heaven will permit of such abiding satis- 

* * * 

Brother and Sister Pellet, of France, 
have found a good helper in Brother 
Morino, who was baptized by Brother 
Royer last summer while he was at Oy- 
onnax. Brother Morino is a good work- 
er and at the earnest petition of Brother 
Pellet, the General Board at their April 
meeting granted $100 for his support. 

Sister Emma Horning,- in a recent let- 
ter from China, states that the plague 
seems to be somewhat on the decline in 
that land and they feel much relief. 
While this dread disease did not reach 
their town, it seemed at one time to 
be coming rapidly towards them. 


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The little band of four, in China, are 
anxious for recruits. While they are 
anxious, they are hopeful, and their 
work moves forward. Feeling that 
workers will surely be sent to them 
this fall, they have planned to open an- 
other station, Yii She Hsien, as soon as 
property can be had. A native worker 
will be placed at this station to prepare 
the way for a missionary that they hope 
will soon be coming. 

What will the Conference offering be? 
Already we are hearing echoes from dif- 
ferent parts of the Brotherhood, that 
encourage us to believe the offering will 
be exceptionally large. Last year 443 
congregations, or not quite one-half in 
the Brotherhood, responded with the 
most liberal offering (with the Bicen- 
tennial as an exception) in the history 
of the missions of our Church. This 
year, if those same churches will do as 
nobly, and the remaining 460 will do the 
best they can, the offering will be a joy 
and an uplift and a source of great 
encouragement to the Board. A general 
offering means more than the mere mon- 
ey. It is an endorsement of the BoarT- 
efforts to push forward. Therefore, a 
double reason for a great effort. 

The spring meeting of the General 
Mission Board, held in Elgin on April 
6, was a most encouraging one. Much 
time was taken up in discussion of 
workers and plans for strengthening our 
work both at home and abroad. The 
whole meeting breathed a spirit of ad- 
vance. We were much encouraged to 
have with us Brother J. M. Blough, of 
India, whose words of counsel were of 
much value ; also Brother Geo. W. Hil- 
ton, of China, who was able to shed light 
on that field. 

Another fiscal year has closed. As 
will be gathered from the comparative 

statement in this issue of the Visitor it 
will be seen that donations to our mis- 
sion work are more than $5,000 in ex- 
cess of a year ago. Beginning with the 
new year we shall acknowledge in the 
Visitor the donations that are made to 
the India Native Worker Fund. Here- 
tofore this has been done only at the 
close of the year, and then by number of 
receipt. The change comes about at the 
instance of some of our liberal donors. 

During the past year almost one and 
one-half million pages of tracts and leaf- 
lets were sent out from this office. This 
is about one hundred thousand in excess 
of last year. The literature has gone in- 
to almost every State in the Union and 
has been distributed by many willing 
workers. " Behold a sower went forth 
to sow .. . . some seeds fell upon 
good ground, and yielded fruit, some a 
hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty." 

— B.— 

(Psa. 1: 3.) 

Deeper, deeper into Jesus! 

When the streams are dry, 
Patient hearts, in Him abiding. 

He will satisfy. 
'Neath the burning heat of noonday, 

In the barren spot, 
Fadeless leaf and fruit unfailing 

Show He faileth not. 

Deeper, deeper into Jesus! 

When the storm-clouds roll, 
When the winds of doubt and conflict 

Sweep across the soul. 
Though the branch may sway and 

Firm the root abides. 
Oh, how blest the troubled spirit 

That in Jesus hides! 

Deeper, deeper into Jesus! 

Richer fruit shall be, 
Drinking ever of that River 

Flowing full and free. 
Drawing ever on His fulness 

'Neath earth's strain and strife, 
Where the heart has touched the foun- 

Of eternal life. C. C. 

—Bright Words. 


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Nellie Reed. 

HE school terms at 
Fairview Mission 
Girls' School contin- 
ue to come and go. 
They are all some- 
what similar, but yet 
each has its charac- 
teristic phases and 
seems different to us. 
We opened the first 
of February. The 
month is a hot one, and exceedingly so 
this year, so both teachers and. pupils 
have suffered. 

During- the vacation the usual clean- 
ing had been going on. The walls are 
newly whitewashed every term. We 
were glad for the means to do new'work 
in preparation for school. The fireplace 
in the girls' kitchen was far too small 
for such a family, so we had a brick 
stove built and two twenty-five gallon 
pots fastened into the stove. It took 
much cleaning to get the kitchen walls 
to forget their blackness. The stove 
does so 1 well and uses less wood, we ap- 
preciate it very much. 

Another subject of prayer was the 
water supply. At this time of year the 
small stream from which the girls get 
all their water is very low. It is the 
time of the hottest weather, and we 
often have dysentery cases. Their tank 
is small and leaky. We bargained for 
an old tank that one of the early mis- 
sionaries had, but when the man came 
to repair it, he said there was no use 
to try. We prayed that he might try. 
which he did, but the tank will not hold 

water very long, not more than two days 
after a rain, so we must continue to pray 
for water supply. 

We were very thankful to have new 
desks sent from America and we en- 
joyed setting them up and arranging 

" I should like to be a Christian, but the 
man to whom I have been engaged will not 
hear of such nonsense, and my father will 
hot give back the part of the cattle already 
paid for me. I am bound. I can not." 

them. We had twenty desks before, 
seating forty. Often there were three 
and four crowded into' one seat, and 
books crowded into the desks accord- 
ingly. One can imagine what it was 
like with from sixty to a hundred girls. 
Now they are comfortably seated. 

After the scrubbing of the floors, the 
painting of the blackboards, cleaning the 
organ from cockroaches and innumer- 
able other things, we felt that we were 
ready to welcome back the happy crowd 
of black schoolgirls and start in for the 
long term of school. 

On the day before, the morning train 
had taken away our three girls who had 


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finished this school and were entering 
their second year of normal work. When 
the train came back in the afternoon it 

One of Our Teachers and Her Heathen Sister. 

was well loaded with schoolgirls, for 
we received no fewer than forty. Some 
of the girls who had staid here through 
vacation were on the roof to be the first 
to see and announce the arrivals. Along 
the native paths they came, winding 
around the hills like a train of many 
colors, but instead of the puff, puff, was* 
the chatter and laughter of light-hearted 
girls, just as happy to be coming back 

as they were six weeks ago to be off. 
Now and then the valleys hid the view 
and all was silent until they emerged 
from the tree-hidden paths into the 
broad school paths. The strangers came 
silently, but the old scholars burst out in- 
to joyful exclamations as they met with 
those here that they knew. Some filed 
through the back door, some through the 
front and on upstairs, where they de- 
posited their well-filled tin trunks or 
pillow cases bulging with ears of green 
corn. It is the last food from home 
that they will see for some time. One 
is reminded of old college days when 
dainty bits from home were such a lux- 
ury. Human nature is the same the 
world over. At the sight of their native 
teachers the girls were delighted and 
manifested it in gestures that would be 
the envy of many an oratorical student. 

Grace and beauty are seen in their 
every motion. They did not forget their 
white teachers, and brought some gifts 
to them, such as grass-woven baskets, 
baked-clay beer pots, that we use for 
plants, and bead work. 

Evening prayers was a time of thanks- 
giving for life and health and safe re- 
turn. Blankets were distributed, and 
soon the tired but happy girls were at 

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Bringing' In Wood. It Is Tied Tog-etner with Grass. 

rest upon their big bed, as they call it 
(the floor upstairs). They used to long 
for real beds, but since we have had a 
second story added to the building they 
are quite satisfied, for in their imagina- 
tive minds, the first floor serves for legs 
of the big bed in which they can all 
sleep together. Woven-grass mats serve 
for mattresses and a blanket finishes 
the outfit. When all was still, the teach- 
ers gathered for a short meeting, dis- 
cussing some of the best plans of proce- 
dure for the coming days and asking 
God's blessing upon His work among 
these needy girls. 

By nine o'clock the next morning 
those within five miles around had 
gathered in and we had over sixty. It 
looked as though there would still be 
too many for our space, but as we heard 
of the hardships each had to pass 
through to come we said, " Let her stay. 
We will plan some way." A great num- 
ber of heathen girls are scattered over 
these hills and valleys and ought to be 
trained for God, but lack of means ties 
our hands. God has the money some- 
where to enlarge His work. 

Our first morning prayers are always 
so interesting. We call for reports from 
all the different mission stations from 
which they come, and ask them to testi- 
fy as to the Lord's help and dealings 
with them through vacation. Some have 

been teaching the little heathen children, 
some have done visiting and praying 
among the heathen, some have passed 
through fiery trials in their homes in 
their determination to stand as Chris- 
tians, and some have passed through 
sickness and tell of God's power to heal. 
As we hear how the Lord helps them 
we feel encouraged to drive the battle 
on and give these girls all the help we 
can, that they may be soul winners 
among their own people. 

Umzumbi Rail, Natal, S. Africa, 
March 8, ign. 


God gave me a little light 

To carry as I go; 
Bade me keep it clean and bright, 

Shining high and low; 
Bear it steadfast without fear, 
Shed its radiance far and near, 
Make the path before me clear 

With its friendly glow. 
God gave me a little song 

To sing upon my way. 
Rough may be the road, and long, 

Dark may be the day; 
Yet a little b'rd can wing. 
Yet a little flower can spring, 
Yet a little child can sing, 

And make the whole world gay. 
God gave me a little heart 

To love whate'er He made; 
Gave me strength to bear my part 

Glad and unafraid. 
Through Thy world so fair, so bright, 
Father guide my steps aright! 
Thou my song and Thou my light, 

So my trust is stayed. 

— The Missionary Record of Scotland. 

174 The Missionary Visitor May 

Financial Report 


I also give and bequeath to the General Mission Board of the Church of the Breth- 
ren Dollars, for the purposes of the Board as specified in 

their charter. And I hereby direct my executor (or executors) to pay said sum to the 

Secretary of said Board, taking his receipt, within months after my 



I also give, beqeueath, and devise to th; General Mission Board of the Church of 
the Brethren one certain lot of land with the bui'dings thereon standing (here describe 
the premises with exactness and particularity), to be held and possessed by the Board, 
their successors and assigns forever, for the purposes specified in their charter. 


If you desire any or all your money to go to the church, and to make sure, would 
like to be your own executor, — if you would like to have the income during life and still 
not be troubled with the care of the property, the General Mission Board of the Church 
of the Brethren will receive such sums now, and enter into such agreements as will 
make your income sure. The bond of the Board is an unquestionable security. Full 
information may be had by addressing the Board. 


Mar. '10 Mar. '11 Apr. -Mar. '10 Apr. -Mar. '11 Increase Decrease 

World Wide, .$861 64 

India, 559 69 

China 40 50 

Miscellaneous, 31 CO 

$ 877 92 
636 89 
876 37 


$25,118 13 

4,613 87 

576 39 

343 80 

$27,983 40 

5,949 97 

2,024 58 

145 65 

$2,865 27 
1,336 10 
1,448 19 

$ 198 15 

$1,492 83 $2,391 43 $30,652 19 $36,103 60 $5,451 41 

During the month of March, 1911 the Gen- 
eral Mission Board sent out 154,950 pages of 

During the month of March, 1911, the Gen- 
sion Board sent out 1,415,833 pages of tracts 
as against 1,344,072 pages sent out last year. 

Correction: In the March number of Mis- 
sionary Vi-itor. in the report of the World- 
wide Fund for Okla., the amount credited to 
Alice Pitzer should read from Washita con- 
gregation, Okla. Also under Sunday-school 
Extension of Chicago for Oklahoma, the amount 
credited to Ira Brubaker, Cordell, should be 
the Washita Sunday-school, Cordell, Okla. 


During the month of March the following 
donations were received at the office of the 
General Mission Board: 


Pennsylvania-— $349.66. 

Eastern District, Congregations. 

Spring Creek, $59.15; Chiques, 
$32.19; White Oak. $31.42; Ephrata, 
$30.15; West Green Tree, $18.43; 
Mountville, $18.29; Fairview, $13.27; 
Conestoga, $10.56; Spring Grove, 
$4.67; 1st Church Brethren Phil- 
adelphia, $1.00 $ 219 13 


Peach Blossom-Easton, $11.36; 

Peace Blossom-Fairview, $11.08 , 22 44 

Christian Workers. 

Midway 2 00 


H. H. Rogers 3 00 

Southern District, Individual. 

Geo. K. Sweitzer 50 

Middle District, Christian Workers. 

Lewistown 3 18 

Western District, Congregation. 

Manor '. 4 10 


Meyersdale, 4 71 


Bequest of John W. Spicher, 
$90; A. Fyock, (marriage notice), 

50 cents $ 90 50 

Iowa — $105.00. 

Northern District, Individuals. 

N. W. Miller, $3; T. I* Kimmel, 
$2; W. H. Hood (marriage notice), 

50 cents 5 50 

Middle District, Individual. 

S. Schlotman 2 00 

Southen District Congregation. 

English River 12 00 


Elder Samuel Flory, $50; T. C. and 
Lizzie Martin, $34; Peter Brower 
(marriage notice), 50 cents; D. W. 
Miller (marriage notice), 50 cents; 
A. P. Simpson (marriage notice), 

50 cents 85 50 

llano — $95.40. 

Payette 94 40 


O. A. Swab 1 00 

I') cliau a— $72.64. 

Northern District, Individuals. 

Thomas Cripe, $10; Mary Lamma- 
dee, $2.50; Katharine Kannel, $2; John 

Huntington, $1.50, 

Middle District Sunday-school. 

Burnetts Creek, 


Jacob Jone«. 50 cents; Elizabeth 
Jones, 50 cents; Jeremiah Barnhart, 

(marriage notice), 50 cents 

Southern District, Sunday-school. 



Samuel D. Stoner, $25; A Brother, 

$15 40 00 

Illinois — $64.00. 

Northern District, Congregations. 

West Branch. $25.50: Pine Creek, 
$9.70; Cherry Grove, $5.10 40 30 










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Henry W. Paringer, $10; Lydia A. 
Faringer, $5; A Brother, Lanarkk, 

$5 • $ 20 00 

Southern District, Individuals. 

Rilla Turney, $2.50; John Arnold 
(marriage notice), 50 cents; David 
Heckman (marriage notice), 50 cents; 

R. W. Hufford, 20 cents, 

Ohio — $62.79. 

Northeastern District, Congregations. 

Mahoning, $17.70; Chippewa, $6.89, 

Geo. H. Irvin, $37.20; Mrs. Mar- 
garet Le Feure, 50 cents, 

Southern District, Individual. 

David Hollinger (marriage notice), 
Canada— $52.80. 

Mary E. Weaver, $50; Louisa Shaw, 
$2; Mrs. Fanny Keffer, 80 cents, .. 
Denmark — $13.09. 

Churches in Denmark 

California — $11. 10. 

Northern District, Individuals. 

D. L. Forney, $3; Alice Myers, 10 

cents, 3 10 

Southern District, Individuals. 

Magdalena Myers, $5; Isaiah Bren- 
neman, $2; Mrs. Rosa E. Calvert, 

$1 8 00 

Kansas — $10.32. 

Southeastern District, Individual. 

Lucetta Burk, 2 62 

Northwestern District, Individuals. 

I. S. Lerew (marriage notice), 50 
cents; Jacob Sloniker (marriage no- 
tice), 50 cents, 1 00 

Southwestern District, Individuals. 

S. A. Shomaker, $2; Laura E. Fol- 
ger, $1.20; S. E. Hylton, $1; J. W. B. 
Hylton, $1; I. A. Nettrouer, $1; J. N. 
B. Hylton (marriage notice), 50 

cents, 6 70 

Virginia — $8.50. 

First District, Congregation. 


Second District, Congregation. 

Pleasant Valley, 

Individual. . . 

Susan B. Barman, 

Northern District, Individual. 

Estate Geo. H. Kline 

Eastern District, Individuals. 

Ella L. Myers, $1; B. F. A. Myers, 

25 cents, . 

Missouri — $7.00. 

Northern District, Congregation. 

South St. Joseph 

Southern District, Individual. 

Elder D. W. Teeter (marriage no- 

Tennessee — $7.00. 

Pleasant Hill 

Nebraska — $6.50. 

South Beatrice 


Levi Hoffert, $2.50; Mrs. Caroline 
Brown, $1, 

Wisconsin — $4.00. 


Mary A. Hintz, $3; Mr. and Mrs. 

J. E. Zollers, $1, 4 00 


Eastern District, Individual. 

Dr. P. D. Fahrney, 72 

Western District, Individual. 

Geo. A. Lininger, 3 00 

Oregon — $2 .00. 

H. H. Stahl, $1; J. W. Glick, $1, 2 00 

Arkan sas — $1 .50. 

Bro. I. Fiant, 1 50 




















Mic higan — $1 .OO. 

Mrs. Martha Bratt, $ 100 

Total for the month $ 877 92 

Previously received, 27,095 48 

Plus correction 10 00 

Total for the year $27,983 40 

Pennsylvania— $60.78. 
Eastern District, Individuals. 

Amanda R Cassel, $20; Elder J. 

P. Hetric and wife, $1.6, $ 36 00 

Middle District. 

New Enterprise Missionary Asso- 
ciation, 4 78 


David S. Koones, Woodbury, 20 00 

Indiana — $59.00. 

Northern District, Sunday-school. 

First South Bend, 5 00 

Middle District, Sunday-school. 

, Monticello — Pike Creek, 16 00 


Lewis Overholser and wife, 2 00 

Southern District, Christian Workers. 

Pyrmont, 20 00 


The Rinehart Sisters, 16 00 

Ohio— -$53.20. 

Southern District, Sunday-schools. 

Salem — Bethel, $33.20; Harris 

Creek, $20, 53 20 

Illinois — $46.20. 

Northern District, Sunday-school. 

Waddams Grove, 6 20 


A Sister, Lena, 40 00 

Maryland— $30.00. 

Eastern District, Individual. 

Anna M. Shirey 20 00 

Middle District, Individual. 

Henry Funk, 10 00 

Iowa — $25.00. 

Northern District, Individual. 

Mary S. Newsome 25 00 

Virginia— $20,00. 

Second District, Aid Society. 

Bridgewater 20 00 

Nebraska — $10.16. 

Bethel, 10 16 

Kansas— $10.00. 

Southwestern District, Individual. 

Mrs. T. N. Carter, 10 00 

California — $10. CO. 

Receipt No. 14432 10 00 

Michigan — $10.00. 
Aid Society. 

Woodland 10 00 

Idaho — $6.50. 

Boise Valley ■ 6 50 

Canada — $0.60. 

Primary class, Pleasant Ridge, . . 60 

Total for the month $ 341 44 

Previously reported 2,891 81 

Total for the year, $ 3,233 25 


Iowa — $66.10. 

Northern District, Congregations. 

Kingsley, $47.50; Sheldon, $18.60 $ 66 10 
Pennsylvania — $26. 1 0. 
Middle District, Congregation. 

Roaring Spring 20 00 


Tyrone 4 00 

Christian Workers. 

Lewistown 2 10 

Minnesota- — $25.77. 

Worthington 25 77 

Canada — $25.00. 

Mary E. Weaver 25 00 


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Ohio — $10.17. 

Northeastern Congregations. 

Springfield. $6.17; Canton, $4 $ 10 17 

Illinois— §7.50. 

Southern District, Individuals. 

Jacob Swinger, $5; Minnie Swinger, 

$2.50 7 50 

Kansas — $5.00. 

Northeastern Kansas, Congregation. 

Abilene — Navarre 5 00 

Arkansas — $1.50. 

Sister Rachel Fiant, 150 

West Virginia— $1.00. 
First District, Individual. 

S. Fannie Michael 100 

Total for the month $ 168 1 4 

Previously reported 1,025 45 

Total for year, $ 1,193 59 

Pennsylvania — $60.00. 
Middle District, Sunday-school. 

Altoona, $ 60 00 

California — $30.00. 

Southern District, Individuals. 

Perry C. Bashore, $7.50; S. G. D. 
Anderson, $7.50; Frank L. Hepner, 

$7.50; Peter Fesler, $7.50 30 00 

Iowa— $8.00. 

Middle District, Sunday-school. 

Hannah C. Badger's Class, Adel, 8 00 

Total for the month $ 98 00 

Previously reported 1,218 67 

Total for year $" 1,316 67 

Pennsylvania — $27.81. 
Middle District. 

Sister Long's Bible Class, Altoona $ 15 00 

Bro. Brumbaugh, Woodbury 1 00 

Western District. 

Sunday-school Meeting, Garrett, . 11 81 

Total for the month $ 27 81 

Previously reported, 79 00 

Total for the year $ T06~81 

M inn es o t a — $1 .50. 

Mrs. Susie Hahn $ 1 50 

Total for the month $ 1 50 

Previously reported, 98 15 

Total for the year 7$ 99.65 

Pennsylvania — $69.97. 
Eastern District, Congregations. 

Elizabethtown, $35.40; Conestoga, 

$9; Peach Blossom, $8.46 $ 52 86 


Susanna M. Hutchison, Cordova, 
$5; Sister George, Bethany Mission, 

Philadelphia, $1, 6 00 

Middle District, Congregation. 

Woodbury, 11 11 

Virginia — $64.20. 

First District, Sunday-school. 

Peters Creek, 17 20 

Northern District, Congregation. 

Mill Creek 47 00 

Ohio. — $40.00. 

Northeastern District, Congregation. 

Owl Creek 32 00 

Northwestern, Individuals. 

Dianna Moyer, $3; Ella Moyer, $3; 
Jennie Mohn, $1; Elgin S. Moyer, $1, 8 00 

Kansas— $33.78. 
Northeastern District, Congregation. 

Ottawa 10 18 

Southwestern District, Christian Workers. 

Larned, 23 60 

North Dakota — $30.29. 

Egeland, 16 75 


Egeland — Pleasant View 13 54 

Texas — $25.00. 

Manvel, $ 25 00 

Indiana — $24.00. 

Northern District, Congregation. 

Cedar Lake 4 00 


Cedar Creek 10 00 

Middle District, Individuals. 

Lewis Overholser and wife, 10 00 

Michigan— -$1C. 01. 

Sunfield 4 00 


Riverside, 3 01 

Aid Society. 

Sunfield 3 00 

Illinois — $10.00. 

Northern District, Individual. 

Mrs. W. S. Sanf ord 5 00 

Southern District, Individual. 

Jacob Swinger, 5 00 

Canada — $4.00. 

Mary E. Weaver, 4 00 

Total for the month, $ 311 25 

Iowa — $349.86. 

Northern District, Congregations. 

Waterloo and South Waterloo, $118; 
Ivester — Grundy County, $94.38; 
Greene, $48.86; Spring Creek, $24.11, $ 285 35 

Greene 4 66 


Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Kennedy 3 50 

Middle District, Congregations. 

Cedar Rapids, $24.67; Cedar, $16.01, 40 68 


Samuel Badger 1 65 

Southern District, Congregation. 

Dry Creek 14 02 

Minn es Ota — $125.29. 

Winona, $44.00; Root River, $43.35; 
Lewistown, $31; Minneapolis, $1.94, 120 29 
Aid Society. 

Lewistown, 5 00 

Idaho — $46.47. 

Twin Falls, 46 47 

Canada, — $25.00. 

Mary E. Weaver 25 00 

Kentucky — $5.00. 

C. S. Biggs 5 00 

Indiana — $3.50. 

Northern District, Individuals. 

Addie Olinger, $2; Rebecca Geyer, 

$1.50, 3 50 

Illinois— $2.50. 

Southern District, Individual. 

Minnie Swinger 2 50 

Colorado — $2.50. 

Western District, Individual. 

Nancy D. Underhill 2 50 

Kansas — $2.00. 

Northeastern District, Individual. 

Mrs. Geo. Blondefield 2 00 

Maryland— $2.00. 

Eastern District, Individual. 

W. H Swan 2 00 

West Virginia — $1.00. 
First District, Individual. 

S. Fannie Michael 1 00 

Total for the month $ 565 12 

Previously reported 1,134 01 

Total for the year $ 1,699 13 


Indiana — $0.25. 

Northern District, Individual. 

A Brother $ 25 

Total for the month, $ 25 

Previously reported, 8 50 

Total for the year so far $ 8 75 


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Contents for June, 1911 


The St. Joseph (Mo.) Mission, By J. S. Cline, 177 

The Brethren Mission in Minneapolis, Minn., By "Walter J. Barnhart, 178 

A Brief Sketch of City Mission Work, By George C. and Nellie Carl 184 

The Beginning of a City Mission — Omaha, By M. R. Weaver 188 


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H, C. EARLY, Penn Laird, Va. The third Wednesday in April. August 

GHAS. D. BONSACK, Union Bridge, Md. and December. 

L. W. TEETER, Hagerstown, ind. Address all communications to the 


D. L. MILLER, Mt. Morris, 111., Life Ad- BOAJRD, 

vlsory Member. Elgin, Illinois. 

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ent members of the same family may each give a dollar or more, and extra subscription*, 
thus secured, may upon request be sent to persons who they know will be interested in 
reading the Visitor. 

Ministers. In consideration of their services to the church, influence in assisting 
the Committee to raise missionary money, and upon their request annually, the "Visitor 
will be sent to ministers of the Church of the Brethren. 

Foreign postage, 15 cents additional to all foreign countries including Canada Sul»- 
scrlptions discontinued at expiration of time. Send all subscriptions to 

Brethren's General Mission Board, 

Elgin, Illinois, U. S. A. 

■atered as seeond-class matter at the postoffice at Elgin, Illinois 

The Missionary Visitor 

Volume XIII 

June, 1911 

Number 6 


J. S. Kline 

(With Due Acknowledgment to Bro. M. R. Murray for Data.) 

FEW members had 
been living in the city 
for some few years, 
with no religious 
services of our own 
Fraternity. They 
were growing very 
anxious that some 
step be taken to hold 
some meetings. Fi- 
nally the District 
Mission Board was appealed to, and in 
January, 1904, arrangements were com- 
pleted, with Bro. C. S. Garber as pastor 
and Bro. S. B. Shirkey in charge. The 
services were held in the members' 
homes, generally at Sister Deal's on Sa- 
vannah Avenue. 

From the little nucleus of about twelve 
members the work prospered until the 
homes could not accommodate them, and 
they then held services, sometimes in the 
courthouse and then in the Odd Fellows' 
Hall, on St. Joseph Avenue. The latter 
place was very objectionable to a few, 
and they refused to attend. 

This was probably the beginning of 
differences that led to a division of the 
mission into the S. St. Joseph and the 
N. St. Joseph Missions, the former with 
Bro. Garber as pastor, the latter with 
Bro. Murray, which took place in 1907. 
The work now grew more rapidly, and 
as a result we have two churchhouses, 
valued at about $11,000. 

There are at present, nominally, about 






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South St. Joseph Church of the Brethren. 


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120 members in the south and forty in 
the north end. The work, in the South 
Mission, in charge of Bro. and Sister 
Huffman, is among the very poor of the 
city, and requires constant care and 
teaching, and even then is somewhat un- 
certain and unstable, but withal many 
homes have been abundantly blessed, be- 
cause of the beneficent influence of the 
teaching of our workers. There prob- 
ably have been more than 400 baptisms 

here. The workers in the North Mis- 
sion have always worked among a differ- 
ent class of people and have not made 
such wonderful progress, yet they have 
steadily grown, and are pretty success- 
fully holding their own. The member- 
ship is made up of those who consider 
well, think for themselves, and then act 
with decision. 

St. Joseph, Mo. 



Walter J. Barnhart, Pastor 

The Field. 

pride of the North- 
west, sits as a queen 
in the midst of fertile 
fields, a landscape set 
with hundreds of 
beautiful lakes, five 
large ones of which 
she wears as jewels 
upon her own bosom. 
w-^- - -^-^x=5sa Fifty years ago she 
was but a mere village in the land of 
Hiawatha and Minnehaha, then a trophy 
of the renowned Father Hennepin, and 
later made famous in memory by Long- 
fellow in the legend of Hiawatha. 

While those fiftv years have been pass- 
ing she has gathered unto herself over 
three hundred thousand souls, and to af- 
ford them a habitation has enlarged the 
borders of her territory to enclose over 
fifty square miles, not including her sub- 

A most cosmopolitan throng, indeed, 
gathered from nearly every clime under 
heaven : American, Swede, Norwegian, 
Dane, German, Jew and Pole, Japanese, 
Chinaman, Russian, Italian, Greek and 
French Scotch, English, Irish and 

Welsh, and why name more, for all the 
rest are here in greater or less numbers, 
as in all our great cities, to be trans- 
formed and welded into a composite 
American citizenship. Oh, what a call to 
the Church of Christ! The predominant 
foreign elements in this population are. 
Swede, Norwegian and German. 

Fastor Walter J. Barnhart. 


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Parsonage, Minneapolis. 

In the fifty years of its growth the city 
has become the gateway of travel and 
traffic, the center of commercial indus- 
tries, of finance, art, religion, education 
and social activities, for all the North- 
west, until it strikes hands with the in- 
fluence of the North Pacific Coast cities. 

The great Mississippi, but a hundred 
and fifty miles from its head waters, 
pours its flood through the city, turning- 
wheels of commerce, and at the southern 
limits the sparkling, laughing waters of 
the famous Minnehaha Falls pour down 
as it were at the feet of this northern 
queen. No city in the land is in sum- 
mer more picturesque with natural ver- 
dure, and combined with the skill of man 
in beautifying her landscape and with the 
unexcelled parks, boulevards, lakes an 1 
lake shore drives, all within her corpor- 
ate limits, this makes her the pride of her 
people and the joy of those who visit 
her borders. But alas ! these abundant 
facilities, both natural and artificial, for 
pleasure grounds, summer resorts and 
all modern athletic sports on land and 
water have served to make her people an 
extremely pleasure-loving and pleasure- 
seeking populace. It was some time ago 

noted that on one summer Sunday ninety 
thousand, or nearly one-third of her 
population, were said to be in her various 
pleasure grounds and recreation haunts, 
and thus it is seen at once that it is an 
easy matter for these people to forsake 
and forget God for the things of this 

On the other hand, the far-famed se- 
curity of her financial institutions and 
her commercial enterprises, together 
with the wide range of safe investments 
of capital afforded, makes her people 
also most arduous devotees of commer- 
cialism in all its varying phases, and in 
consequence many, many of her strong 
men and women are so given to these 
pursuits, so bound by the golden thread 
of commerce, that God and religion are 
crowded out of their life and experi- 

Again, the peculiar economic condi- 
tions of the times, which so widely and 
deeply affect the- lives and characters of 
the sons of toil, have here as elsewhere 
done much to distract this portion of 
her citizenship from things of the Spirit. 

Regardless of all her material beauty 
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this city the same virus, the same roots 
of corruption — though not so pronounced 
as in some places — which are doing so 
much throughout our fair land to under- 
mine civic righteousness and public and 
private morals. The customary haunts of 
vice, the saloon in twice the number of 
her churches, the same wresting of eco- 
nomic and civic affairs in the interests 
of a few and to the deprivation and bur- 
dening of others, — all these are working 
and cannot be unnoticed. 

The characteristic unbelief of modern 
times, and Sabbath desecration and cold- 
ness, indifference to spiritual things, are 
here remarkably prevalent. Real estate 
firms plan and carry on great auction 
sales of city real estate on the Lord's Day 
and the renting of homes, the buying of 
home sites, the building of houses, the 
moving of household goods are very 
commonly reserved as Sunday work and 
complacently attended to on that day. 

Yet we have two hundred churches in 
the city, with various bodies of worship- 
ers in halls and homes, striving to coun- 
teract the worldly and unchristian influ- 
ences that tend so much to draw men and 
women away from God and His service. 

The city is also the seat of one of the 
great universities, with a student body of 
five thousand, and also there are a num- 
ber of smaller colleges and educational 
institutions, with sixty-five ward schools 
and four high schools. 

The prevailing churches are Catholic, 
Lutheran, Baptist, Methodist, Presbyte- 
rian, and Congregational, and there is a 
fair representation of all the modern 
cults, -from Mormonism to Christian Sci- 
ence, the latter having by no means a 
small following. 

The formal, lifeless creeds of the Old 
World state religions, transplanted with 
the transplanting of their devotees, are 
leaving many souls in spiritual destitu- 
tion, because they are failing and will 
fail to adjust their devotees to the New 
World conditions and do not and can not 
meet the exigencies of their experience 
under these new evironments. In con- 
sequence of this many of these souls are 
drifting from the old faith of the father- 
land to no faith in this land, and yet are 
sensitive enough concerning the old faith 
as a forlorn hope to make them reticent 
and unyielding to the approaches and 
hopes Of a new and more virile one. It 

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is the old Judaistic spirit, that " what 
the fathers did and taught must be 
right," though it unceasingly fails to 
prove out in their experience and answer 
the needs of their souls. It is the old 
Orientalism, that " we are no better than 
our fathers and must do as they have 
done lest we dishonor their memory," 
though the way of their fathers ever 
fails to quicken them into new spiritual 
life and vigor and liberate their souls. 

The Work of the Brethren in This Field. 

Into this city field as above described 
the Brethren first entered, in the interest 
of the apostolic faith, in 1905. Through 
the operations of the Mission Board of 
the District of Northern Iowa, Minne- 
sota and South Dakota a mission was 
opened in the northwest part of the city 
in a good residence section in a territory 
occupied for the most part by middle 
class and poor people. No portion of 
the city is at this time growing, improv- 
ing and developing more rapidly than 
this section, almost in the heart of which 
our headquarters are located. 

A small but good church property, in- 
cluding church and parsonage at the 
corner of Fremont and Twenty-fifth 
Avenues, North, was purchased by the 
above-named Board and the work was 
formally opened in the fall of 1905 with 
Eld. Peter Brubaker, of Worthington, 
Minn., and his wife and daughter, in 
charge of the work. Some soliciting was 
done in the interests of the work by the 
latter two in Illinois and Indiana. A few 
other members came at the same time and 
some were already here, making in all 
between twelve and fifteen members. The 
homes in the surrounding territory were 
canvassed in behalf of the work, and a 
number of non-church people, children 
and adults, were gathered into a Sunday- 

After spending over a year of earnest 
service and establishing some very com- 
mendable results, Bro. Brubaker and his 
family, together with some other of the 
members, moved to Canada in March, 

1907, five of the original number, only, 

March 20, 1907, the writer and family 
came to the field to take up the work, 
two other members coming in also, and 
thus with nine members the work was re- 
sumed. Some of these have moved away 
and others have come in, and now, with 
what have been added to the church, we 
have a band of fifteen members. 

Among those who have served as help- 
ers and missionaries in the work here, 
rendering much valuable service to the 
cause, we mention Sisters Eva Heagley 
(Hurst), of South Dakota, Ollie Fil- 
brun, now of Wenatchee, Wash., Minnie 
Johnson and Hannah Messer, of Grundy 
Center, Iowa, Bertha Brunskill, now 
of Mt. Morris, 111., Katherine Newsome, 
of Bethany Bible School, Margerite 
Kring, now of North Dakota, and Grace 
Gnagey, of Pittsburg, Pa. Sister Gna- 
gey, after a period of faithful and dili- 
gent service, goes this month to the 
mission at Winona, Minn., and Sister 
Brunskill, who previously was three 
years in the mission here, returns to 
us after an absence of a year taking 
work in Bethany Bible School. 

Since the work began here there have 
been five series of meetings held, respec- 
tively, by Eld. J. H. Cakerice, then of 
Iowa ; the writer ; Eld. W. H. Lichty, of 
Iowa ; Eld. J. S. Zimmerman, of Iowa ; 
and Eld. C. B. Smith, of Nebraska. 

There has been quite an extensive dis- 
tribution of clothing and provisions 
among the poor, and much comfort and 
happiness afforded to the needy ones 
in our field, and while there is much in- 
difference to our spiritual ministrations 
and lack of appreciation in some places 
for the sacrificed, expenditures and la- 
bors extended by the workers, we are 
grateful for a few loyal families who 
have stood by us in sincere sympathy 
and gratitude with a kindly interest and 
cooperation, though not all are ready to 
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and ideals and principles of Christian 
life for which the Brethren contend. 

The territory we aim to work in has 
been convassed twice and in part three 
times in the interests of the work, and 
very rarely have any of the workers met 
with repulsive or unkind reception in 
any of the homes which we enter. 

Much work of renovation and repair- 
ing has been done on the premises, to- 
gether with about $1,200 worth of new 
improvements, the latest of which was 
the construction the past winter of a 
full basement under the church and the 
installing of a furnace and baptistry. 
By means of these and the natural in- 
crease in real estate values the property 
represents nearly twice the value to the 
District that it originally cost. 

Three times in the first two years of 
the work the parsonage and occupants 
were quarantined for diphtheria, and no 
little hindrance to the work thereby oc- 

Much more effective and proper be- 
nevolent and relief work has pressed up- 
on us for attention, and for lack of 
available funds, facilities and workers, it 
has of necessity been left unattended to. 

One of the most encouraging features 
of the work has always been the Sunday- 
school, but we never have had a suf- 
ficient supply of help to make the best of 
our advantages and hold the ground 
gained. The enrollment of the school 
in all departments has ranged from fifty 
to 110, and the attendance at preaching 
services a general average of near twen- 
ty. The special services at Easter, 
Christmas, etc., are as a rule very well 

The one great problem ' to be solved 
in order to give more permanence and 
stability to the work is the reaching and 
winning of mature men and women who, 
having consecrated their lives to apos- 
tolic ideals of faith and Christian service, 
will become strong pillars and supports 
in the work of the church. This is not 
alone our problem, but the great problem 

of city church work in all branches of 
the church today. 

For the greater part of the time we 
have been handicapped by a lack of able 
leadership in sacred song service. We 
hope and pray the Lord may send us 
help in this line. 

The work of our city missions would 
be greatly benefited if there were avail- 
able for use a supply of tracts more ap- 
propriate to the needs and problems that 
confront our city churches, and the dis- 
tinctive features of the church set forth 
in a manner that would take due con- 
sideration of present-day conditions and 
thought in the ranks of the opposing 
forces. We need tract literature in which 
the fundamentals and externals of the 
Christian faith are given their relative 
import. It is unfortunate that on some 
of the most vital issues of Christian faith 
we have no> tract available from our own 
literature appropriate for the needs of 
the city fields, and the same is even true 
of some of the distinctive doctrines for 
which we stand as a church. Those who 
are not in touch with this need may not 
realize that in form and character our 
present body of tract literature is unfor- 
tunately inadequate for effective use in 
our city mission fields. This is said with 
all due respect to the sources of our 
present tract literature, and with no re- 
flections whatever, but given as a plain 
statement of a real need which should be 

The workers here are grateful for the 
continuation from year to year of a per- 
sonnel on our District Mission Board of 
men with faith and hope in city missions ; 
with judgment and conservatism duly 
mingled with a liberality and enthusiasm 
toward the enlargement and extension 
of all reasonable facilities in the field ; 
and with conviction and foresight re- 
garding the problems, needs and conflicts 
confronting the city workers ; and who 
hold on with us . when others doubt, 
knowing that the Lord's work should 
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Part of the Minneapolis Sunday-school Taking- an Outing". 

in the interests of the work have made 
frequent visits to the field, as all boards 
in charge of city missions should do. 

A special season of blessing was en- 
joyed in the work here during the recent 
series of meetings conducted by Eld. 
C. B. Smith, of Nebraska. Greater and 
deeper impressions were made on the 
outside public, the attendance was the 
best and most encouraging ever wit- 
nessed in the work, the members were 
greatly encouraged and edified, and four 
souls of mature years put on Christ in 
baptism and two others were reclaimed, 
making thus far in the work of the mis- 
sion five baptized and three reclaimed. 

A sad feature we find here (and you 
find it in so many of our great cities) is 
that so many of the children reared un- 
der the influence of the Brethren's ideals, 
and many even once identified with the 
church, have entered into the city before 
the church did and are drifting or have 
drifted beyond the reach of the church. 
Oh, that she might have entered these 
fields a half century ago ! And yet in 

the face of the great need are we as a 
church really ready and anxious to re- 
spond to the city call? 

Ministers and missionaries shrink from 
the task ; few are ready to enter the field ; 
purse strings tighten, faith weakens, and 
hope gives o'er when the cry of the 
city rings out o'er the land; and yet there 
is nothing the city needs more than the 
embodiment in its life of a religion full 
of the virility and the ideals of the apos- 
tolic faith. 

It is an open door to the church today. 
How long will she tarry on the thresh- 
old ? How long ! O Lord, how long ! 

No church in the next twenty-five 
years will wield any great influence in 
the affairs of the Christian religion 
which has not secured or is not fighting 
for a foothold in our great American 
cities. We have not space to discuss 
this here, but it is an assured fact, and 
the sooner the church admits and awak- 
ens to the fact the better for her own 
stability and for the blessing of the chil- 
dren of men. 


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Life and experiences of human exist- 
ence in our cities, especially, require a 
religion that is at once virile, practical, 
effective and free from ostentation and 
man-made formalism and grounded deep 
and firm in the consciousness and intel- 
ligences of the personal life and being of 
the individual. 

The Brethren church in a great meas- 
ure can answer this need if she will, 
through the medium of the Gospel which 
she preaches. 

What will we do! When will we do 
it ! Whom shall we send ? Who will 
go for us ? 
1210 25th Ave., N. } Minneapolis, Minn. 




Geo. C. and Nellie Carl 

URING the summer 
of 1895 the writer 
and wife were ap- 
pointed by the Dis- 
trict Mission Board 
of Oregon, Washing- 
ton and Idaho to open 
a city mission in Cen- 
tralia, Washington, at 
which place we ar- 
rived by private con- 
veyance, after a journey of about 350 
miles from Myrtle Point, Oregon, on 
the 20th day of September, 1895. There 
being but little money at our disposal, 
the most suitable place for regular serv- 
ices we found to be in an old church- 
house, once used by the Baptists. The 
opening of the mission and regular serv- 
ices were well advertised, and we ex- 
pected that at least there would be a 
fair-sized audience for the first meeting ; 
but there were only eight in attendance. 
We put our trust in God, and did our 
best to be strong, and of good courage. 
God blessed the work and interest in- 

Sister Alice Christlieb was the only 
member in this part of the State, and at 
this time, there not being an organized 
Church of the Brethren in the State, 

Ero. and Sister George C. Carl. 

some thought it would be very long be- 
fore a city mission could ever develop 
into an organized church. Before the 
end of the first year five heads of fami- 
lies were baptized (three brethren, and 
two sisters) ; later others were added by 
baptism, and by letter, and on Jan. 2, 
1897, the Centralia church was organ- 


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ized with Elder Allen Ives left in charge, 
and today this is one of the strongest 
churches in Washington, with Elder M. 
F. Woods now in charge. 

After two years' work in Western 
Washington, we returned to the Coquille 
Valley church, in Oregon, to assist the 
church as foreman in the erection of 
a churchhouse in the town of Myrtle 
Point. The work prospered and the 
brethren have since added to the build- 

ren in the five counties of this part of the 
State known to us. A cottage was soon 
found to winter in. 

In a short time wife and I had dis- 
tributed over 600 copies of the doctrinal 
number of the Gospel Messenger. Spe- 
cial and regular services were held, and 
many doctrinal sermons preached. God 
blessed the work. On October 20, 1900, 
just one year and fifteen days from the 
commencement of the work, the New- 

Church at Portland, Oreg-on. 

ing, and a good work is being done by 
the church, for they are in the midst of 
their neighbors. 

The District Mission Board of 1899 
decided to open a mission in northwest- 
ern Oregon. We were appointed to take 
up the work, and again after a journey 
of 240 miles by private conveyance ar- 
rived in the town of Newberg on the 
5th of October, 1899 ; pitched a tertt for 
a home ; rented a churchhouse in the cen- 
ter of the town, and commenced scat- 
tering tracts and preaching the Word. 
All were strangers to us, as there was not 
a member of the Church of the Breth- 

berg church was organized. A church- 
house was commenced Nov. 5, 1902, and 
with the assistance of a few faithful 
helpers the house was completed on the 
20th of February, 1903, being a good, 
substantial house of worship. The num- 
ber added by baptism and letter soon 
reached a membership of seventy-one. 
Three brethren were called to the dea- 
con's office, and two to the ministry. 
Later, Brother John Bonewitz, with oth- 
ers, moved to Weston, Oregon, and or- 
ganized the Weston church. - Elder 
Howard H. Keim is now the elder and 
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After six years' work at Newberg, the 
Mission Board decided on a mission in 
the city of Portland. Being instructed 
by the Board to initiate the work we 
moved to Portland. Securing two va- 
cant lots, on the 29th day of August, 
1905, we pitched a tent, and for a time 
lived in that as a home, until we were 
able to erect a house for a home. At 
this time there were three members in 
the city, to help in the work. On ac- 
count of high rents it was very difficult 
to find a suitable place for holding serv- 
ices. An old, deserted engine house 
proved to be the only place we were able 
to secure. The back room was used by a 
groceryman for live chickens and tur- 
keys. As other parties had already start- 
ed a Sunday-school there was a poor 
chance to accomplish desired results, so 
we decided to pay more rent. We se- 
cured a place near Fifth, on West Burn- 
side, used by a class called the Blessed 
Hope Mission. Here we were able to 
start a Sunday-school by gathering the 
children in from the streets. 

After continuing for a time, with bet- 
ter attendance and interest, high rents 
again called for a change. By this time 
five private homes were open for the 
services. It was decided to hold preach- 
ing services, and whatever Sunday- 
school work could be clone in this man- 
ner. The most of the services were held 
in the home of the writer. With the lew 
that could be gathered together in this 
manner it was decided to take up a 
collection each Lord's Day, for the pur- 
pose of erecting a cement foundation for 
a churchhouse. An average attendance 
of twelve in Sunday-school made offer- 
ings for over a year of $4.03 each Lord's 

Bv this time the writer had secured a 
lot- for $350 (now worth a thousand for 
every hundred paid). I drew up plans 
for a good house of worship, and sub- 
mitted them to the Mission Board. The 
plans were approved, but the District 
Mission Board did not have the funds, 

but expecting to secure a loan from the 
General Board they said to commence 
the house with the little funds that were 
available. By the help of Brethren 
Boggs and Etter the foundation was 
commenced during the latter part of 
1906. Money coming in slowly, and 
the house sorely being needed, the only 
thing to be done was to borrow the mon- 
ey. The Lord helped us in the work, 
overcoming many difficulties, and with a 
few faithful helpers a house for God 
was completed for dedication March 8, 
1908. Elder D. B. Eby, chairman of the 
Mission Board, conducted the service. 
The Sunday-school was reorganized with 
an attendance of twenty-four. At the 
present time it numbers ninety-four in 
attendance. A prayer meeting was or- 
ganized, and has proved most helpful in 
building up the church. The writer held 
a series of meetings last winter, which 
resulted in five additions by baptism. 
With others baptized at various times 
and with a goodly number added by let- 
ter, what is now known as the Portland 
church has a membership of over fifty 
living in the city. Sister Dora Mitchel, 
of Central Point, Ind., was secured in 
the fall of 1908, by the Mission Board, 
and has proved a helpful worker. Just 
at this writing Bro. Ellis Studebaker is 
conducting a series of meetings, with 
good prospects of an ingathering of 

During all the years while in the serv- 
ice of the District Board they have given 
all the help possible. We have passed 
though struggles and trials and difficul- 
ties, that sometimes seemed almost in- 
surmountable, but with the motto, 
" Trust in God. Get to Work, and Keep 
at Work," and giving God the praise, 
we can truly say that city missions are 
a success when God's people work to 
make them such. God has blessed the 
work done in His name, and given us 
many experiences aside from town and 
city mission work. 

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was with us. The faithful horse we used 
for eleven years in the Master's work at 
last lost her life in a fire. We have 
found many people that once belonged 
to the Church of the Brethren, who have 
grievously wandered away. Some could 
be persuaded to come back. Many per- 
sist in the downward course. Some 
would ask, " Do the Brethren still keep 
the ordinances ? " I have preached 
where it was claimed that there were 
young people over twenty years of age 
who had never before attended church. 
Two years ago I visited a sister who was 
then about eighty-four years old, who 
was the first sister to cross the mountains 
to the Pacific Coast. In the same neigh- 
borhood I found a number of scattered 
members, among whom was an old 
brother and sister. For them arrange- 
ments were made, so that they could at- 
tend a communion service ; they having 
not enjoyed that privilege for forty-nine 
years. Through all the years, isolated 
from the church, their appearance and 
the testimony of all the neighbors spoke 

much for their steadfastness. This was 
in striking contrast to some, who, when 
away from the church only a short time, 
lose all desire for fellowship, and fail 
even to tell their neighbors that they are 
members of the church. Many who came 
to Portland years ago as members of 
the church were found backslidden, 
largely so for the reason that there was 
no city mission to furnish them with the 
true Bread of Life. 

We thank God that now in Seattle, 
Olympia, Tacoma, Centralia, Portland, 
Spokane, and other cities and places in 
the Northwest the Church of the Breth- 
ren has mission churches. The Lord has 
done more for us than we are able to tell. 
Our home has also been blessed with 
six children, three boys, and three girls. 
The eldest four are members of the 
church, and have proved a help in Sun- 
day-school and church work. The 
youngest three were born in the mission 
field. Truly we have great reasons for 
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M. R. Weaver 

N the winter of 1908 
the writer and his wife 
were contemplating 
going to Canada to 
file on a homestead, 
when one day, after 
receiving the Messen- 
ger and while seated 
on a box in an um- 
brella repair shop, 
waiting for an um- 
brella to be repaired, a notice in the news 
items attracted our attention. It im- 
pressed us the more the longer we 
thought on it, and caused us to change 
our plans. Sometimes we build and plan 
and our structures are all torn down. 
We build them up again and once more 
they are leveled. Then we pause and 
begin to wonder what is wrong, and to 
look for the source of all this interrup- 
tion of our plans. We find there has 
been one Person whom we have not 
taken into account, just as the king of 
Syria found when he began to plan 
against Israel. Each time his plans were 
found out and thwarted he began to 
look for the source, which he found to 
be the God of Israel working through 
His prophet. Just so God knows all 
our plans and overthrows them many 
times so as to supplant them with bet- 
ter ones. It is best to fit our plans into 
God's plans, or better still, let God plan 
our life and then work His plans. 

The item we saw in the Messenger 
was a call from the District Mission 
Board of Nebraska, calling for some 
one to come and start the work in this 
city. The more we thought of it the 
more definite came the call to go ; so, aft- 
er much prayerful consideration, we laid 
the matter before the Lord in this way 

and with this prayer on our lips as we 
mailed the letter in answer to the Mis- 
sion Board's call : " Lord, if you want us 
to go to Omaha, we are willing to go 
and do what little we can, so open the 
way for us; if we are not to go, then 
close the way so tight that we cannot 
go." In doing this we knew we were 
safe, for it was in His power to do either 
according to His own will and purpose, 
and that after all we had no voice in 
the matter, only to offer ourselves for 
Him to accept or reject. The result was 
that the way opened for us to come, so 
we have always felt that we are here, 
not by chance nor choice, but because 
God wants us here, to stay only so long 
as it is His will for us to remain. Dear 
brethren and sisters, let us trust more 
in God ; let us look more for His lead- 
ings. He will solve many a puzzling 
problem for us if we but let Him. Why 
should we ever doubt Him? Why should 
we not trust Him for the solutions of 
our problems when He furnishes the 
fish of the sea and the birds of the air 
such a perfect Guidebook? It is said 
that not even a little sparrow shall fall 
to the ground without His notice; so if 
He is so concerned in His helpless crea- 
tures and leads them so perfectly will 
He not lead us, who are much more than 

It was the third of March, 1909, when 
we arrived in this city, entire str?ngers, 
somewhat discouraged, but filleo with 
the inspiration for the work before us. 
There was to our knowledge only one 
member living in the city, upon whom 
we soon called. She was Sister Baer. 
who had moved here from Beatrice, this 
State. A little later we found another 
sister, Grandma Hunt, who had moved 


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here from Oxford, Nebr. Both of these 
sisters we found to be dear, old saintly 
mothers in Israel, and both of them have 
given us much encouragement in our 

The next thing to be done was to 
find a suitable location, and only those 
who have gone into a large city an en- 
tire stranger" and undertaken this will 
be able to understand and appreciate the 

not leave us long without giving us posi- 
tive and definite assurance of His sanc- 
tion. It came in this way: three days 
after we had rented the building in which 
we were to hold our services, another 
party, who lived in the vicinity and upon 
whom the burden had been laid that 
there should be a Sunday-school in this 
community, came to rent the building 
for that purpose, and was surprised to 

Omaha Brethren Sunday-school. 

difficulty and anxiety under which we 
labored at this time. We first purchased 
a map of the city, and then took the city 
directory and located all the churches 
and missions on this map ; then looked 
up the communities where there were 
few churches, and after selecting several 
of them as being feasible points, called 
the Mission Board in to help determine 
definitely the one in which we should 
begin to labor. After deciding upon the 
location, how closely we watched and 
with what anxiety we waited for the 
first manifestations of the choice having 
met with God's approval ! The Lord did 

learn that it had already been rented for 
the same purpose. Then, in a few days, 
we became acquainted with a family, and 
they told us that they and another family 
had felt the need of a Sunday-school, and 
were talking of organizing one. All 
of these parties have given us much as- 
sistance and encouragement in the work. 
Thus we could rest assured that God 
had guided us to this point of need and 
where assistance was awaiting us. So 
it is that the Holy Spirit always leads 
and directs in the direction of progress 
and to the point of greatest need. 

The location decided, the building ac- 


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quired, the alterations necessary to fit it 
for our use made, the time was set for 
the first service which was to be and 
was at 3 P. M., Sunday, April 25, 1909. 
We told the different children whom we 
saw beforehand that there were to be 
services at this time, and of course re- 
ceived many promises that they would 
surely be there; but as the time drew 
near we wondered who and how many 
would come, and the burden of our 
prayer all the morning and up to the 
time for Sunday-school was that there 
might be at least fifteen. When it came 
time my wife and I started towards the 
mission, which was just a little over a 
block away, gathering up all the children 
in sight as we went. Some had their 
dolls, others their marbles, but we took 
children, dolls, marbles and all along to 
Sunday-school, and when we were seat- 
ed and I counted them, to our great sur- 
prise there were just fifteen besides our- 
selves. I say we were surprised. Is it 
not a fact that many times we pray and 

make requests and when we receive the 
answer we are actually surprised? Or 
again, if we do not see the answer do 
we not many times exclaim in about 
some such words, " Well, it is just as 1 
expected " ? Do we not many times send 
up our requests before the Throne, and 
then do as we did many times, when a 
child, knock on the front door and then 
run away before any one could get to 
the door? Do we not run away many 
times before God can grant our re- 
quests? It is not right. It is not fair. 
We are taught in Mark 1 1 : 24, " There- 
fore, I say unto you, What things so- 
ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe 
that ye receive them, and ye shall 
have them." Oh ! for a greater faith 
when we pray ! 

We continued our Sunday-school ev- 
ery Sunday at 3 P. M. ? and soon began 
having preaching services each Sunday 
evening at 8. Later on we began our 
Thursday evening prayer meetings. 
Next we organized our Christian Work- 

some Members of the Omaha mission. 


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ers' Band, Bro. Sanger, a young deacon 
brother, being our president at the pres- 
ent time. We afterwards changed the 
Sunday-school to the forenoon and be- 
gan having preaching services immedi- 
ately after, making two such services 
each Lord's Day. We also have organ- 
ized the industrial work for the girls, 
of which Sister Alice Garber is superin- 
tendent. All of the services are still 
continued and are well attended, with a 
Sfood interest manifested in them all. 

Feeling the great need we applied, in 
the fall of 1909, to the Mission tfoaru 
for more help in the work, with .the re- 
sult that Sister Alice Garber and her 
mother were located here. They have 
labored faithfully and their, work has 
been a great help to the mission. Be- 
cause of their wide acquaintance with so 
many families throughout the Brother- 
hood they have found many in the city 
whose families they have known, and 
through their efforts many have been 
interested in the mission who otherwise 
would not have been. Sister Alice has 
the faculty of getting around and find- 
ing people, such as few people possess, 
and this is a very valuable asset to work 
of this kind. Then, too, she is very 
prompt in whatever she has to do, never 
allowing her part of the work to drag or 
go undone. 

Since the mission has been started 
there have been eighteen baptized, four- 
teen of whom appear in the picture ac- 
companying this article. One dear old 
grandma was seventy-seven years old, 
another sixty-five, and it certainly does 
us good to lead these, who are ripening 
for the grave, into the water and there 
see them buried with Christ in Chris- 
tian baptism — snatched as it were at the 
last moment from the tentacles of Satan. 
Eighteen have been received by letter, 
two restored and at this writing there 
are two letters to be read at our next 
members' meeting. One letter has been 
granted, the whereabouts of two are un- 
known, and one has fallen away, mak- 

ing our present membership thirty-six. 
Our average attendance at Sunday- 
school has been forty ; preaching services 
from thirty to thirty-five. 

On Easter Day in the spring of 1910 
there was a very impressive scene enact- 
ed when three generations were bap- 
tized together. This does not often oc- 
cur when three generations begin togeth- 
er to walk in newness of life. 

Many encouraging features have been 
connected with the work. It has been 
very encouraging to see how the Lord 
has led and directed. Many times we 
were unconscious of His leading till after 
certain things would come to pass ; then 
we could look back and see how His 
hand had guided. Truly we can sing 
with the poet : 

" He gives me strength for every day, 
I never will cease to love Him; 
He leads and guides me all the wav, 
I never will cease to love Him." 

Another very encouraging fact is the 
loyalty of all the members to the mis- 
sion and the active part they all take. 
It makes our hearts rejoice many times 
when we see the interest those that have 
been baptized take in all the services. 
There are no services proposed but they 
are ready to attend. We often gather 
in one another's homes for song and 
prayer services and they all take such 
an active part. We all enjoy these serv- 
ices so much and receive so much spirit- 
ual strength from them ! Then it is in- 
deed gratifying to see those young mem- 
bers, who before they were received into 
the church would go regularly to the 
moving picture shows, even on Sunday 
afternoon ; sometimes would take their 
nickel and go to them instead of coming 
to Sunday-school ; but now they never 
think of even going near them and have 
no desire to go. 

The unity and harmony that have pre- 
vailed all along have been one of the 
greatest encouragements of all ; not only 
so in the mission, but through the entire 
State. The Omaha Mission seems to 


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lie near the heart of each brother and 
sister in the District, and we know that 
the workers and the work are being con- 
stantly held before the Throne, else there 
would never be the unity and deep spir- 
itual interest there is. The workers are 
conscious of their weakness without Di- 
vine help, and were it not for the many 
fervent prayers of the righteous and 
God's answer to the many requests in 

their behalf they would have failed long 
before this. Because of this great unity 
and the many fervent prayers in our be- 
half we thank God and take courage, and 
hope and pray that these conditions may 
continue to prevail and that all those in- 
terested in the' Omaha Mission may not 
cease to pray for it and the workers. 

2517 Lake Street. 




The man who believes that the unbe- 
lieving men and women in the world are 
not lost and do not need a Savior. 

The man who believes that Jesus 
Christ had no right and no reason to 
command His disciples to " Go ye into all 
the world and preach the Gospel to every 

The man who believes the Gospel is 
not the power of God, and that Christ 
can not save the heathen. 

The man who wishes that missionaries 
had never come to our ancestors, and 
that we ourselves were still heathen, can- 
nibals or worshippers of wood and stone. 

The man who believes it is " every man 
for himself " in this world — who, with 
Cain, asks, " Am I my brother's keeper?" 

The man who believes he is not ac- 
countable to God for the money intrusted 
to him, and that he will never be called "to 
stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 

The man who wants no share in the 
final victory and the reward to faithful 

The man who is prepared to accept the 
final sentence, " Inasmuch as ye did it not 
to one of the least of these, ye did it not 
to me. . . . Depart from me." 

Such a man is not asked to give to 
foreign missions. He needs missionaries 
to be sent to him. — The Missionary Her- 


There is a shrine whose golden gate 

Was opened by the Hand of God: 
It stands serene, inviolate, 

Though millions have its pavements trod; 

As fresh as when the first sunrise 

Awoke a lark in Paradise. 

Without, the world is tired and old, 
But, once within the enchanted door, 

The mists of time are backward rolled. 
And creeds and ages are no more, 
But all the holy-hearted meet 
On one communion vast and sweet. 


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Illinois — $26.00. 

John D. Lahman, $25; Henry Bark- 
doll, $1 $ 26 00 

Pennsylvania — $13.42. 

Montgomery, $4.62; New Enter- 
prise, $3.80 8 42 


A. K. Frederick, $3; Prank P. 
Blair, $2, 5 00 

Ohio— $13.00. 


Deshler 3 00 


I. J. Rosenberger 10 00 

Indiana — $8.05. 

Blue River, $5.05; Turkey Creek, 
$3 8 05 

Nebraska — $6.00. 


Lydia Netzley, $5; J. Y. Heckler, 
$1 6 00 

Iowa — $5.00. 


G. A. Moore, 5 00 

West "Virginia — $3.24. 


Beaver Run 3 24 

Total for the month, $ 74 71 

For the year so far 74 71 


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Financial Report 


April '10 April '11 Increase 

World-Wide, $913 86 $96188 $ 48 02 

India Orphanage, 583 22 634 81 51 59 

Miscellaneous, 14 80 926 55 91175 

$1,511 88 

During the month of April, 1911, the Gen- 
eral Mission Board sent out 99,760 pages of 


During the month of April the General Mis- 
sion Board received the following donations 
for the funds entrusted to their care: 

Pennsylvania — $367.54- 

Eastern District, Congregations. 

Coventry, 79.44; Hatfield, $50.20; 
Tulpehocken, $50; Mingo, $32; Ridge- 
ly, $28.30; Springville, $12; Midway, 
$10; West Conestoga, $6.50; Ephrata, 

$1 $ 269 44 


S. S. Lint, $6; Mrs. S. S. Beav- 
er, $1; A Sister, $1; Amanda Arnold, 

55 cents 8 55 

Southern District, Congregation. 

Hanover 7 50 


An aged Sister, $50; Solomon 
Strauser, $3.30; H. A. Balsbaugh, $1, 54 30 
Western District, Congregation. 

Husband House — Middle Creek con- 
gregation 10 50 


A Brother and Sister, Shade Creek, 
$15; Mrs, Ettie V. Cover, $1.25; Susie 

M. Brallier, $1 17 25 

Indiana — $138.22. 
Northern District. 

Annual Meeting surplus, 1910, ... 21 00 


Union Center, $12.03; Elkhart Val- 
ley, $6.61, 18 64 

Christian Workers. 

Nappanee, 44 60 

Middle District, Sunday-school. 

Salamonie — Loon Creek 13 98 


Receipt No. 14646, 10 00 

Southern District, Individual. 

R. Cunningham 30 00 

Ohio — $101.78. 

Northeast District, Congregation. 

Wooster, 9 42 


George Hartsough, $22; Geo. H. 
Irvin, $10.66; Michael G. Domer, $10; 
Sarah A. Dupler, $5; Frances J. Mil- 
ler, $1; H. P. Swihart, $1; George 

Domer, $1 50 66 

Northwest District, Congregations. 

Bellefontaine, $10; Logan, $9; Lick 

Creek, $6, 25 00 


Sarah and Nancy Smith, $5; Daniel 
Bock, $4; C. H. White, $1; David 
Byerly (marriage notice), 50 cents, 10 50 
Southern District, Individuals. 

A Brother, $5; Elias Stouffer, $1.20, 6 20 

California — $75.75, 
Northern District, Congregation. 

Reedley 12 10 


J. G. Parrett, $1; Clare Wells, 15 

cents, 1 15 

Southern District, Sunday-school. 

Mrs. Wm. H. Overholtzer's Sun- 
day-school class, Covina, 3150 

$2,523 24 $1,011 36 


Fanny E. Light, $30; S. Bock, $1, $ 
Iowa — $56.G3. 
Northern District, Individual. 

N. W. Miller, 

Middle District, Sunday-schools. 

Cedar Rapids, $42.03; Panther 

Creek, $11 

Oklahoma — $37.73. 

Waahita, _ 


Chas. C. Clark, $30; M. E. Trout, 
50 cents; James Grisier, 50 cents, 
Maryland— -$30.75. 
Eastern District, Individual. 

Chas. D. Bonsack (marriage no- 

Middle District, Congregation. 

Pleasant View, Brownsville, .... 
Western District, Individual. 

Mrs. Barbara Merrill, 

Idaho — $30.00. 

" D. V.," 

Colorado— $2 1 .60. 

Northeast District, Congregations. 

Sterling, $8.54; Denver, $3.96, .. 
Christian « Workers. 


Western District, Congregation. 

Mt. Garfield, 

Illinois— $17.10. 

Northern District, Congregation. 

Pine Creek, 


L. J. Gerdes, $5; Mrs. D. F. Shoe- 
maker, $1, 

North Dakota— $14.64. 



J. H. Brubaker (marriage notices), 

$1; D. A. Hufford, 64 cents, 

Virginia— $13.34. 

First District, Sunday-school. 

Peters Creek — Oak Grove Sunday- 

Second District, Individual. 

E. D. Kendig, 

Northern District, Individual. 

Wm. J. Gochenour, 

Kansas — $13.78. 

Northeastern District, Congregations. 

Wade Branch, $2; Washington, 


Southeastern District, Individuals. 

A. A. Patteson, $1; W. W. Peebler, 


Southwestern District, Individuals. 

Andrew Eskildson, $5; Mrs. Geo. 

Blonderfield, $2, 

Wisconsin — $11.11. 

Maple Grove 


Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Zollers 

Tennessee — $10.00. 

Chas. E. Weimer, 

Missouri— $9.81. 

Northern District, Individual. 

W. A. Deardorff (marriage no- 

















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10 00 



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Middle District, Congregation. 

Kansas City, 1st Church Brethren, $ 4 31 

Southern District, Individual. 

Emma E. Wyland 5 00 

Washing-ton — $6.20. 

A washwoman, $5; W. H. Kensing- 

er, $1.20 6 20 

Minnesota-— $3.50. 

Woodstock 2 50 


Mrs. Bernice Ashmore, 1 00 

West Virginia — $2.00. 
First District, Individuals. 

Mrs. Lydia Ebert, $1; Ollie Idle- 
man, $1 2 00 

Nebraska — $1.00. 

Elder W. W. Blough, marriage no- 
tice), 50 cents; David G. Wine, 50 
cents 1 00 

Total for the month $ 961 88 

For year so far, 961 88 


Pennsylvania-— $1 14.00. 

Eastern District, Sunday-schools. 

Lancaster, $20; Midway, $16 $ 

Lancaster City Miss, and Benefit 



A Sister, $1; A Brother, $1 

Southern District, Aid Society. 



Bessie Rohrer, 

Western District, Aid Society. 

Johnstown — Walnut Grove, 

Indiana — $45.00. 

Middle District, Aid Society. 

West Manchester, v 


S. L. Driver and wife, 

Ohio — $40.00. 

Northeastern District, Aid Society. 


Idaho — $34.80. 



" D. V.," 

California — $34.00. 

Southern District, Christian Workers. 


Santa Ana Young People's Mission 



San Dimas 

North Dakota— $32.25. 

Zion, $20; Williston church and 

Sunday-school, $12.25 

Kansas — $26.00. 

Southeastern District, Congregation. 

Paint Creek 

Southwestern District, Aid Society, . 


Iowa — $25.60. 

Middle District, Individuals. 

W. I. and Katie Buckingham 

Southern District, Sunday-school. 

South Keokuk 

Virginia — -$20.00. 

Second District, Aid Society. 

Pleasant Valley, 

Illinois — $20.00. 

Northern District, Christian .Workers. 


Canada — $10.00. 

Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Weaver — Ir- 


Oklahoma — $8.00. 
Aid Society. 


Colorado— $5.00. 

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Western District, Christian Workers. 

First Grand Valley $ 5 00 

Total for the month $ 414 05 

For the year so far, 414 05 


Colorado — $67.62. 

Western District, Congregations. 

First Grand Valley, $21; Fruita, 

$21.12 $ 42 12 

Northeastern District, Congregation. 

Denver 25 50 

Indiana — -$42.84. 

Northern District, Congregations. 

Goshen City $16.93; First Church, 

South Bend, $14.41 3134 

Middle District, Congregation 

North Manchester, 10 50 


A Brother, Roanoke, 100 

Ohio — $37.88. 

Northeastern District, Congregations. 

Chippewa, $12.13; Ashland, $11.45; 

East Nimishillen, $9.30 r 32 88 

Northwestern District, Individuals. 

Sarah and Nancy Smith 5 00 

Michigan — $4.50. 

Vina Huff 4 50 

Pennsylvania — $2.00. 
Eastern District, Individual. 

A Sister 2 00 

Illinois — $1.92. 

Northern District, Congregation. 

Batavia, 192 

Total for the month $ 156 76 

Previously reported, 156 76 


Ohio — $20.00. 

Northeastern District, Congregation. 

Maple Grove, $ 6 93 

Northwestern District, Congregation. 

Freeburg 13 07 

Total for the month $ 20 00 

For year so far 20 00 


Colorado — $75.00. 

Northeastern, District, Individuals. 

Jesse and Mary Culler $ 75 00 

Indiana — $50.00. 

Southern District, Individual. 

A. H. Klepinger 50 00 

Iowa^ — ^37.50. 

Middle District, Sunday-schools. 

Prairie City, $25; Brooklyn, $12, ... 37 50 

Alabama — $25.00. 

E. J. Neher, 25 00 

Pennsylvania— $20.00. 

Southern District, Sunday-school. 

Bessie Rohrer's class, Waynes- 
boro 20 00 

Missouri — $12.50. 

Northern District, Christian Workers. 

Rockingham, 12 50 

Nebraska^ — $12.50. 

Kearney, 12 50 

Total for the month $ 232 50 

For the year so far 232 50 


Maryland — $20.00. 
Eastern District. 

Washington City Missionary So- 
ciety $ 20 00 

Pennsylvania— $7.00. 
Eastern District, Individual. 

A Sister 2 00 

Western District, Individuals. 
A Brother and Sister, Shade Creek, 5 00 


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Iowa — $7.00. 

Middle District, Sunday-school. 

Hannah C. Badger's Sunday-school 
class, Adel, $ 7 00 

Total for the month, . $ 34 00 

For year so far, 34 00 


Pennsylvania — $10.00. 

Eastern District, Congregation. 

Coventry, $ 5 00 


A Sister 5 00 

Total for the month, $ 10 00 

For year so far 10 00 


Illinois — $41 .38. 

Northern District, Congregation. 

Elgin, $15.30; Naperville, $14.08, ..$ 29 38 

Sherman Shoemaker, 2 00 

Southern District, Individual. 

Thomas J. Rench 10 00 

Kansas — $5.12. 

Southeastern District, Individuals. 

W. W. Peebler, $2; Susan Coch- 
ran, $1 3 00 

Northwestern District, Sunday-school. 

Dorrance, 2 12 

Pennsylvania— $9 .00. 
■ Eastern District, Individuals. 

A Sister, $2; Mary Fifer, $1; 

Salome Hartman, 50 cents 3 50 

Southern District, Individual. 

D. B. Hartman, 2 00 

Middle District, Individual. 

G. W. Kephart 150 

Western District, Individual. 

L. K. Wineland, 2 00 

Iowa— -$6.75. 

Middle District, Congregation. 

Muscatine 6 75 

Ohio — $5.32. 

Northeastern District, Individual. 

" Z. L. M.," 1 32 

Northwestern District, Individuals. 

Sarah and Nancy Smith, $3; John 

R. Snyder, $1 4 00 

Kentucky— -$2.40. 

Constance 2 40 

Tennessee — $2.00. 

Mrs. D. T. Keebler, 2 00 

Indiana — $1.00. 

Middle District, Individual. 

A Brother, — Roanoke, 100 

South Dakota. — $1.00. 

Mrs. Charles Bjelkstrom, 1 00 

Total for the month, $ 73 97 

Total for the year so far 73 97 


California. — $190.44. 

Northern District, Individuals. 

Brother and Sister Stempel $ 5 00 

Southern District, Congregations. 

Lordsburg, $110; Glendora, $41.60; 

South Los Angeles, $23 : 174 60 


Grlendora, $5.84; Primary Depart- 
ment Glendora Sunday-school, 5 00 

Pennsylvania— -$102.82. 
Eastern District, Congregation. 

Little Swatara, 25 00 


Lancaster 22 07 


A Sister, $3; Mrs. F. H. Ritten- 

house, $2; Member, $1 6 00 

Middle District, Congregation. 

Woodbury 16 50 


M. R. Brumbaugh $ 4 00 

Western District, Sunday-schools. 

Manor — -Purchase Line, $14.25; Lig- 

onier, $5 19 25 


A Brother and Sister — Shade 

Creek 10 00 

Iowa— $85.64. 

Northern District, Congregation. 

Greene, 22 00 


E. C. Whitmer, 25 00 

Middle District, Congregations. 

Des Moines, $10.62; Coon River, 

$6.26, 16 88 


Dr. S. B. Miller and family, $5; 

S. M. Goughnour, $1, 6 00 

Southern District, Congregation. 

South Keokuk, ■ 15 76 

Indiana — $78.48. 

Northern District, Congregations. 

Maple Grove, $51.45; New Salem, 

$8.03 59 48 


A Friend, New Paris 1 00 

Middle District, Congregation. 

West House — Eel River, 7 00 

Aid Society. 

Eel River, 5 00 


"In His Name, Logansport," $2; 

A Brother — Roanoke, $1 3 00 

Southern District, Individual. 

Ollie L. Cross, 3 00 

Illinois — $69.25. 

Northern District, Aid Society. 

Sterling, 3 00 


Unknown, Elgin, $16; Sterling, 

$5.25; J. W. Martin, $2 23 25 

Southern District, Sunday-school. 

Cerro Gordo, 25 00 

Christian Workers. 

Girard, -. 16 00 


Preston T. Arnold, 2 00 

Kansas — $56.67. 

Northeastern District, Congregation. 

Ramona 7 21 


Overbrook 7 90 


Mrs. S. Funderburgh, $25; A Broth- 
er, $5, 30 00 

Southeastern District, Congregation. 

Cottonwood, 7 55 

Southwestern District, Sunday-schocl. 

Peabody, 4 01 

Missouri— -$41.60. 

Middle District, Congregation. 

Mound Congregation and Sunday- 
school, 35 00 

Southern District. 

Carthage Sisters Aid Society and 

seven individuals, 6 60 

Ohio — $40.00. 

Northwestern District, Congregation. 

Baker congregation and Sunday- 
school, . . .'. 20 00 


Sarah and Nancy Smith, $2; " Z. 

L. M.," $2 4 00 

Southern District, Congregation. 

West Milton, 6 00 


Mary A. Snider and Two Sons, 
D. C. and A. W. Snider, $5; A Broth- 
er and Sister, $5 10 00 

Virginia — $35.00. 

First District, Congregation. 

Roanoke City i 5 00 


W. P. Crumpacker and wife, . . 25 00 

Northern District, Individuals. 

S. and E. Eavey, $3; Bettie Early, 
$2 5 00 


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Idaho — $32.41. 


Payette Valley $ 29 71 


Upper Deer Plat Union 2 70 

Michigan — $20.00. 

Woodland, 20 00 

North Dakota— $18.02. 

Cando, $13.06; Egeland, $4.96 18 02 

Maryland— $11.00. 

Eastern District, Individuals. 

C. G. Heatwole, $1; A Brother and 

Sister, $1, 2 00 

Middle District, Individual. 

Mrs. E. S. Rowland 100 

Western District, Individuals. 

Mrs. Mary B. Arnold, 5; D. B. 
Arnold, $2; Mrs. Minnie M. Miller, 

$1 8 00 

'Wisconsin — $8.00. 

Ash Ridge, 8 00 

Tennessee— $6.00. 

Receipt No. 14470, $5; John Brooks, 

$1 6 00 

India — $5.00. 

Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Pittenger, ... 5 00 

Oklahoma — $2.00. 

Isaac Williams, 2 00 

Kentucky — $1.25. 

Constance, 125 

Unknown — $1.00. 

A Widow 1 00 

Total for the month $ 804 58 

For the year so far 804 58 


In di ana — $35.00. 

Southern District, Individual. 

Richard Cunningham 

Ohio — $2.00. 

Northwestern District, Individuals 

Sarah and Nancy Smith 

Pennsylvania-— $2.00. 
Eastern District, Individual. 

A Sister, 

Total for the month 

For the year so far, 


Pennsylvania — $2.00. 

Eastern District, Individual. 

A Sister $ 2 00 

Ohio — $1.00. 

Southern District, Individual. 

Sara E. Bigler, 1 00 

Total for the month $ 3 00 

For the year so far 3 00 


Pennsylvania— $2.00. 
Eastern District, Individual. 

A Sister $ 2 00 

Ohio — $1.00. 

Southern District, Indivigual. 

Sara E. Bigler, 1 00 

Total for the month $ 3 00 

For the year so far 3 00 


35 00 

2 00 

2 00 


39 00 
39 00 


Pennsylvania — $1.00. 
Eastern District, Individual. 

A Sister $ ! 

Total for the month $ i oo 

For the year so far, 100 


Pennsylvania — $1.00. 

Eastern District, Individual. 

A Sister , $ x 

Total for the month $ i 00 

For the year j oo 

Ohio — $1.00. 

Southern District, Individual. 

Sara E. Bigler $ i qo 

Total for the month, -....$ l 00 

For the year so far i 00 

Pennsylvania — $33.00. 


Waynesboro 30 00 


W. F. Johns, $2; A Sister, $1, 33 00 

Virginia — $21.31. 

Peters Creek 21 31 

Indiana — $18.11. 

Ladoga, $10; Union Grove, $4.11, 14 11 


Luther Petry 5 00 

Illinois — $12.32. 

Macoupin Creek, $6.20; Arnolds 

Grove, $6.12, 12 32 

Ohio— $11.25. 

Ebersole, 7 25 


Sarah and Nancy Smith, $3; Cora 

McDaniel, $1 4 00 

Wisconsin — $5.25. 

Maple Grove, 5 25 

Nebraska — $5.00. 

Highline, 5 00 

California — $4.77. 

South Los Angeles 4 77 

Missouri — $2.25. 

G. P. Burrow 2 25 

New Mexico — $2.25. 

Lake Arthur, 2 25 

North Dakota— $2. CO. 



Perth 2 00 

Iowa — $1.00. 

S. M. Goughnour, 1 00 

Idaho — $1.00. 

Nez Perce j oO 

Location Unknown— $1.00. 

Peter Mellott, 1 00 

Unknown — $6.10, 6 10 

Total for the month $ 127 61 

Total for the year, 127 61 

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March 31, 1911 

Published By 


General Mission Board of the Church 
of the Brethren 

D. L. Miller, Mt. Morris, 111., 

Life Advisory Member 

J. J. Yoder, McPherson, Kans, 1911 

• Galen B. Royer, Elgin, Illinois, 1911 

L. W. Teeter, Hagerstown, Indiana, ...1912 

H. C. Early, Penn Laird, Virginia 1913 

Chas. D. Bonsack, Union Bridge, Mary- 
land, 1913 


President, D. L. Miller, Mt. Morris, Illi- 

Vice-President, H. C. Early, Penn Laird, 

Secretary-Treasurer, Galen B. Royer, El- 
gin, Illinois. 

Assistant Secretary, J. H. B. Williams 
Elgin, Illinois. 

All correspondence for the Board should 
be addressed to its office as follows: Gen- 
eral Mission Board, Elgin, Illinois. 

Regular time for the meetings of the 
Board are on the Third Tuesday of April,' 
August and December. 

Our Missionaries. 

We give below a list of the missionaries, 
with their addresses, and time of entering 
the service, who are at present serving un- 
der direction of the General Mission Board. 

Postage on all letters to those outside of 
the United States is five cents for the first 
ounce, and three cents for each additional 
half ounce or fraction thereof. 


Berkebile, S. P. On furlough, Jewell, 

Ohio, 1904 

Berkebile, Nora E. On furlough, Jewell, 

Ohio 1904 

Blough, J. M. On furlough, 41 Sell St., 

Johnstown, Pa., 1903 

Blough, Anna Z. On furlough, 41 Sell 

St., Johnstown, Pa., 1903 

Brubaker, Ella Miller. On furlough, 

Nappanee, Indiana, 1906 

Ebey, Adam, Dahanu, 1900 

Ebey, Alice K., Dahanu, 1900 

Eby, Enoch H., Umalla, 1904 

Eby, Emma H., Umalla, 1904 

Emmert, Jesse B., Bulsar, 1902 

Emmert, Gertrude R., Bulsar, 1904 

Himmelsbaugh, Ida, Ankleshwer, 1908 

Lichty, D. J., Umalla, 1902 

Lichty, Nora A., Umalla, 1903 

Long, Isaac S., Jalalpor, 1903 

Long, Effie V, Jalalpor, 1903 

Miller, Eliza B., Bulsar, 1900 

Miller, Sadie J. On furlough, Waterloo, 

Iowa, 1903 

Powell, Josephine, Bulsar, 1906 

Pittenger, John M., Ahwa, Dangs 

Forest, 1904 

Pittenger, Florence B., Ahwa, Dangs 

Forest, 1904 

Quinter, Mary N., Bulsar, 1903 

Ross, Amos W, Vyara, 1904 

Ross, Flora M., Vyara, 1904 

Stover, W. B., Ankleshwer, 1894 

Stover, Mary E., Ankleshwer, 1894 

Shumaker, Ida C., Bulsar, 1910 

Ziegler, Kathryn, Jalalpor, 1908 


Crumpacker, Frank H., Ping Ting Chou, 
Shansi, 1908 

Crumpaker, Anna N., Ping Ting Chou, 
Shansi, 1908 

Horning, Emma, Ping Ting Chou, 
Shansi, 1908 

Hilton, George W. On furlough, Sur- 
rey, N. Dak., 1908 

Hilton, Blanche. On furlough, Surrey, 
N. Dak., 1908 

Metzger, Minerva, Ping Ting, Chou, 
Shansi, 1910 

Switzerland and France. 

Pellett, Adrian, Oyonnax, France, 

Pellett, Lizzie, Oyonnax, France, 

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Greetings to All the Faithful in Jesus' Name, — 

Another milestone in the history of missions in the Church of the Brethren has 
I been reached, and we pause a moment, with bared head to 

Thank God. 

Thru all the intricate problems that have confronted the Board during the year, 
He has advised and directed; at hoime and abroad His Spirit has attended and blessed; 
with the assistance of the various forces of our church, we have endeavored to plant 
and to water, He has given the increase. All glory to His name. 

His Spirit has prompted the membership of our church to cooperate with us in 
every good work, and we feel more deeply than words can express to 

Thank the self-sacrificing ones who have made our tasks easier and the results of 
our work possible. Both at home and abroad the work has prospered. A spirit of 
willingness, of earnestness, of interest is growing in the hearts of our people; a spirit 
of warmth and vigor toward God's work, that impels us forward. 


The Spirit of consecration, which is permeating our Brotherhood more and more, 
is cause for thanksgiving. From every State District in our Brotherhood and from 
nearly every congregation, by individual gift or otherwise, have come offerings for the 
work. Many letters come to us which betoken a greater interest in the things of the 
Spirit. District Boards are, with the exception of a very few, awakening to their 
needs, opportunities and responsibilities. Organization is becoming more thoro 
with them, organization which canvasses the District, looks into the resources as well 
as the needs, seeks to conserve the interest and the strength of the many small nuclei 
of members scattered here and there, and strengthens the stronger congregations. 

It gives us pleasure to see our people, under the direction of these Boards, directing 
their attention towards the 

City Problem. 

As our young people leave the family altars and the hearthstones of their youth 
to seek employment in the cities, it behooves us as a church to grasp the opportunity, 
provide for the situation, and afford them church homes in the cities of their adoption. 
Therefore every new entering wedge in the large centers of population gives us 
pleasure and broadens the usefulness of the General Brotherhood. 

During the year many churches have been built, it having been within the power 
of the Board to assist several of them by church loans. Calls from State Districts 
for assistance have been met with as cheerful and ready response as possible and as 
large a sum of money as seemed expedient was appropriated to meet these calls. 

Our Offerings. 

During the year, offerings to our work have very materially increased. The year 
closes with an increase of $5,451.41 in the offerings reported in the Missionary Visitor. 

Donations received for World-wide Endowment, $46,096 79 

The total receipts from all sources for missions amount to, 72,413 00 

The total amount received from endowment of all kinds is, 46,646 79 

Special work has been nicely supported. India Orphanage, India Native Workers, 
India Native Schools, India Widows' Home, all of these have received notice and the 
gifts have been many. Any other information on the financial side of our work may be 
gleaned from the Financial Statement farther on in the report. 

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Our Live Wires. 

~ It~will bTweiiTo give you the names of those who have their American represent- 
atives on the foreign field. The workers especially appreciate the fact that they have 
those in this country who are thus in partnership with them in their fields of labor. 

Sunday-schools by Districts. 

California, Southern, Sister Jesse Emmert in India. 

Indiana,. Northern, Sister W. B. Stover in India. 

Illinois, Southern, Sister Eliza B. Miller in India. 

Ohio, Northwestern, Brother and Sister S. P. Berkebile in India. 

Ohio, Southern, J. M. Pittenger in India. 

Pennsylvania, Eastern, Kathryn Ziegler in India. 

Pennsylvania, Middle, Jesse Emmert in India. 

Pennsylvania, Western, Ida C. Shumaker in India. 

Congregations by Districts. 

Kansas, Southwestern, Bro. and Sister F. H. Crumpacker in China. 
Nebraska, Josephine Powell and Mrs. Chas. Brubaker in India. 
North Dakota, Bro. and Sister G. W. Hilton in China. 
Second Virginia, Bro. and Sister I. S. Long in India. 

Congregations Alone. 

Botetourt Memorial Missionary Society, Virginia, Brother and Sister A. W. Ross 
in India. 

McPherson, Bro. and Sister E. H. Eby in India. 

Mt. Morris College Missionary Society, Illinois, D. J. Lichty in India. 

Mt. Morris College Sunday-school, Illinois, Sadie J. Miller in India. 

Pipe Creek, Maryland, W. B. Stover in India. 

Quemahoning, Pennsylvania, Chas. H. Brubaker in India. 

Shade Creek, Pennsylvania, Sister J. M. Blough in India. 

Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, Sisters D. J. Lichty and Mary Quinter. 

Young People's Missionary and Temperance Society, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, 
J. M. Blough in India. 

We should like to mention those live wires connecting individuals with the native 
workers, native schools or orphans whom they support, but we will not. Suffice it 
to say that we appreciate their assistance. The Brotherhood is more closely bound to 
the foreign field in prayer and sympathy than we are able to comprehend. If there 
should be congregations or districts or individuals who desire to assume the support 
of a missionary, the Board will be pleased to correspond with them. 

Traveling Secretaries. 

Many churches this year have been especially favored by coming in contact with 
our foreign workers. Brother Jesse Emmert and wife spent the first days of the 
year with California churches, and with a few in the central and eastern part of the coun- 
try; Sister Mary N. Quinter devoted much time in Pennsylvania, Indiana and Ohio; 
Brother J. M. Blough and wife have visited in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana; Sister 
Sadie Miller has been spending her time among those of Nebraska and Iowa; Brother Geo. 
W. Hilton and wife have visited many congregations in North Dakota, Canada, Minne- 
sota and Iowa, and, as the year closes Brother and Sister S. P. Berkebile are visiting 
the churches of Colorado. To all of these calls the churches have responded with 
interest and liberal offerings. It has been thought wise by the Board to leave the 
direction of this work to their Secretary, with the advice that he endeavor to so 
arrange the visits of our returned missionaries, that imore parts of the Brotherhood 

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may enjoy their visits, and thus avoid an overlapping of territory wherever it is possible 
and practicable. 

Soliciting Money. 

During the past our people have responded very liberally to the many calls for 
money which come to them from various sources, and it has been thought best, for 
the sake of the donors, the recipients, and the cause of missions in general, that all 
funds donated to causes authorized or endorsed by the Board pass thru their hands. 
Hereafter all funds solicited under the endorsement of the Board will be forwarded 
to the home office, and receipts will be issued the donors from that place. 

Meetings of the General Mission Board. 

Three -meetings of the General Mission Board were held during the year, in April, 
at Conference and in December. For various reasons the August meeting was postponed 
until December, and several matters of importance were passed upon by correspondence. 
At these meetings we were pleased to have with us several of our foreign workers as 
well as quite a number from various parts of the home land. 

Examples of Sacrifice. 

In this brief space we have been unable to make mention of the many who are 
taking an unusual interest in our work and whose devotion increases the sacredness 
of our trust. We can not mention the many donors who thru words of kindness, thru 
prayers and gifts have encouraged us and made the burdens lighter. God alone can 
take full account of the imany in our Brotherhood who sacrifice much for His Dear 
Name, — some whose gifts are earned over the wash tub, others who deny themselves 
of all but the barest necessities, — the widows, the fatherless, the aged and those from 
all walks of life. We can not recite these examples of denial without a debt of gratitude. 
God takes note of all this and the hand that blessed the cruse of oil is neither relaxed 
nor shortened. 


Before entering into the report of this work, we must pause for a moment to men- 
tion the willing cooperation, the genial spirit of promptness and interest that has been 
manifest upon the part of our workers. In their arduous trials they have not ceased 
to keep us informed of the progress of their work, of their hindrances and successes. 
This gives us cause for ever increasing confidence. 

Missionaries to the Field. 

Two workers went out during the year to our foreign fields, — Sister Ida C. Shu- 
maker to India and Sister Minerva Metzger to China. They are at present engaged in 
language study. The General Mission Board is very desirous of strengthening the 
forces on all the foreign fields. During the year they have persistently searched for at 
least five men for India, at least two for China, one for Sweden, one for Denmark, 
one for France and another for Jerusalem. The year closes with a few workers in 
prospect, but the burden of the Board before the Throne is for more workers — 
volunteers — ready and prepared to enter the fields so needy and ripe unto the harvest. 

Visit to the European Churches. 

It is the rule of the Board to send representatives to visit the churches in Europe 
every three years. Accordingly Elder Galen B. Royer and wife spent the summer and 
fall with the churches in the Old World. Leaving home in June, after a few days in 
England they proceeded to Sweden. Several weeks were spent on the Swedish lan- 
guage, after which they visited the churches in Denmark and Sweden, giving such help 

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as they could, and, in behalf of the Board seeking to understand the joys and sor- 
rows, the hindrances and difficulties of mission work in those lands. 

Later they visited the mission in Switzerland and France, returning to America 
about the first of November. Their visit was well received and the membership much 
strengthened by their sojourn. Thru their visit and study the Board has been given 
needed insight into conditions in those lands. 


Thru some miscarriage or misunderstanding no report has reached us from this 
field. What work has been done in those countries has been done by their home min- 
isters, with the exception of the assistance rendered them by Brother and Sister 
Royer. There have been quite a number baptized in both the countries. They have 
many trials. Compulsory military service drives many of the young men from the 
country or hinders them from uniting with the church. Wages are low, the membership 
is poor and in many places scattered, but with the location of an American worker 
among them, conditions will very materially improve. 


No letter written especially for this report has reached us from our workers in that 
country. We give below a summarized report of their work which was made to the 
General Board at the April meeting: 

" In noting the progress of the mission we have this to say: April 3, 1910, at 
Tai Yuan Fu two young men were baptized. May 25 Brother Crumpacker and family 
moved to Ping Ting Chou to open this station. June 12 our preaching chapel was 
formerly opened. August 31 Sister Emma Horning came to Ping Ting Chou and at 
once began work among the women. October 15 we were all made glad by the 
arrival of Sister Metzger. She at once began the study of the language. Brother 
Crumpacker and our native helper, Brother Feng, have just made a preaching tour 
thru our territory and recommended the opening of another station. We have decided 
to open Yu She Hsien as soon as property can be had. We will put in a native 
worker to open the way for a missionary that we hope to have this coming fall. We 
have opened an Opium Refuge and so far several have been successful in breaking off 
the habit. We will open a boys' school here at Ping Ting Chou as soon as we can get 
a suitable place and get a teacher and such preparation." 

It requires some period of living on a foreign field before a definite figure for 
support can be reached. At the last meeting of the General Board the support for 
adults in China was fixed at $300 per year. For children the basis for support was not 
definitely settled upon. 


The year 1910, in France, as throughout almost all Europe, was a very poor one. 
Looking at it from the standpoint of the harvest, there was so much rain and cold 
weather, and if we did not experience the sorrows of a famine, the increase of price 
for all kinds of food weighed very heavily on the poor people. This always has a 
repressing influence over spiritual work, as people, instead of feeling their sins and 
looking towards heaven, and praying, " Our Father, which art in heaven, we ask for 
forgiveness and help," are always more ready and disposed to blame and criticise 
heaven and the Creator. So it is with human nature. You remember it was the same 
in the time of Moses. 

The privilege of the missionary under such conditions is to be more energetic and 
take advantage of the situation so as to turn the feelings of the people back towards 
their Savior, and to think of their offenses. This is what we have tried to do, and 
the following lines will give a little idea of what, under the blessings of our Lord, it 
was possible for us to accomplish from May, 1910, to March, 1911. 

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Annual Outing of the Sunday-school. 

June 19 was a great day for the children of our Sunday-school as well as for their 
parents. We had chosen that date for our outing and it was decided that we should 
go up the mountain, some five miles distant from Oyonnax. Early in the morning 
a nice lot of dear boys and girls, full of joy and with happiness sparkling in their 
eyes, were singing with all their heart, "Alleluia! Alleluia! O my Savior, I love Thee, 
Alleluia! Alleluia! My confidence I put in Thee." After about two hours' walk under 
beautiful sunshine we reached that splendid spot of the Perret. By ten o'clock A. M. 
we held a divine service. It was most probably the first time that this magnificent 
field, with its great and heavy rocks, had ever heard over eighty voices singing of the 
glory of God, the need of the soul, as well as the prayers that were addressed to the 
Almighty Creator and the preaching of the Gospel. 

At three P. M. we had another service for the children. Even today the people 
speak of this never-to-be-forgotten day, on which they not only received an earthly joy, 
but also a heavenly blessing for their souls. Through the means of this outing we had 
a chance to pass an entire day with the parents of our Sunday-school pupils. Certainly 
it was good for every one. Next June we will have our second annual outing. Over 
150 children and parents are ready and willing to go with us. They are looking forward 
for a day of blessing. With them we are praying for success, and for souls to be 
moved towards the Savior. 


Soon after our Annual Meeting it was possible for us to give the announcement 
that we would have in September the visit of Brother Galen B. Royer, with his dear 
wife. If we were ourselves awaiting this visit impatiently, feeling confident of the 
great blessing which we were sure was to be our share, all the church and friends 
were also expecting this visit with joy. They had learned to be encouraged and 
strengthened each time some of our brethren from America visited us. 

September arrived, as also the announced visit, with the difference that we had 
not only Brother and Sister Royer for about two w%eks, but we had also with us here 
at Oyonnax, Elders W. R. Miller, David Hollinger, A. B. Barnhart, and Sister 
Hollinger. To say that every one of them lifted us up on the Mount of Zion and 
brought us nearer heaven, helping us to overcome the difficulties which hindered our 
mission work, will only be small mention of the great blessing received through 
their kindness and influence. 

After three days we returned to Geneva, where, with Brother and Sister Royer, 
we had already visited the brethren and friends in that town. We gathered them 
one evening to hear Brother Royer preach to us of the power of the Holy Ghost. 

On next day, Monday, September 26, after a real upper-room meeting, with all 
the brethren and sisters who were going to the Holy Land with W. R. Miller, 
it was decided, under the proposal of Brother Ralph Miller, that in the same evening 
we should have a love feast. As it has been reported in the Gospel Messenger, this 
meeting was for every one, an hour passed in heaven. 

Again we were favored in March with another visit from Brother W. R. Miller 
and all his family. We can say this year, as we were saying in our annual report 
last year, how much these visits are valuable for us and our mission. How much we 
appreciate them! It is truly a good thing to meet with men and women of God. 


The number of families regularly visited in Oyonnax and the villages in this 
valley is something like eighty-five, having 124 children. We have them visited if 
possible every week. The delegation of the General Mission Board, as well as Brother 
W. R. Miller, visited with us nearly all of these families, and were able to see how 

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these poor people care to receive us into their houses. Home visiting is the best 
way or organizing and opening a mission field. Certainly there is needed much 
patience, but was not the Master a home missionary? 

The brethren of Switzerland, as mentioned before, received the visit of Brother 
and Sister Royer, and those who live in Geneva participated in the love feast, as 
well as the service held by Brother Royer. For them this was a spiritual feast. We 
also visit them every fortnight. There are fifteen families with thirty-two children. 


" Suffer little children to come unto me," said Jesus. The children, oh, yes, they 
must come, but who will teach them to come to Jesus if we fail to do it? The number 
in our school this year is sixty-five. The attendance has been good. May our God 
bless the children! 

Industrial Schools. 

On Thursday afternoons we have lessons for the children of our Sunday-school 
and for all others. Sister Pellet, assisted by Sister Morino, teaches the girls how 
to sew, etc. Brother Pellet, assisted by Brother Morino, teaches the boys drawing 
and arithmetic. We also have a half hour of singing. It is the time which these dear 
children like the most, and to teach them our hymns is a pleasure. By this means 
many words of comfort as well as of salvation enter many homes. Last fall we 
started, on Wednesday evenings, a sewing class for young girls over thirteen years 
of age; at the same time we started a class for boys in the same age, in French, 
geography and arithmetic. If we did not get to reach all of the young people we 
expected to by these lessons, still it has been possible to help about twenty-six of 
them. As a result we have had them often at our Sunday services. We have decided 
that next winter we will have a Bible class on each Monday. 

Song Service. 

Our Thursday evening song service under the direction of Brother Morino has 
been progressing ever since 1908. Last November and December we had as many 
as forty-two people singing with us and learning special songs for Christmas. 


The great event, Christmas, is not much observed by the French people. They 
prefer to have the first three days of January for festivities, and to spend their money 
in luxury and drinking. 

In 1909 the Lord Mayor of Oyonnax gave us the free use of the largest hall of the 
town for our Christmas service. The same hall was again put at our disposal for 
our last Christmas service. On Christmas Day we had at our evening service over 500 
people. They prayed with us, sang with us, and glorified our God for the gift of 
His begotten Son Christ Jesus. Christmas is really a great day. So it was for us, and 
as there were many friends who could not be with us on that day we had a second 
service on Monday evening, where about 300 people again worshiped with us. These 
services are a great opportunity, not only giving us the possibility of preaching the 
Word of eternal truth, but also for making known our church to a large crowd of 
people who never go to any religious service. Brother Morino had composed a 
splendid song for Christmas service. It was something impressive at the close 
of the service to hear all the people, over 500 of them, singing again and again for 
more than five minutes the chorus, of which we give a free translation: 

Renton de ton charme, Filled with thy charm, 

O! Roi d'Israel, O King of Israel, 

Te n'ai plus de larmes I am tearless 

Le four de Noel! On Christmas Day. 

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Medical Missionary Work. 

The medical missionary work, under the care of Sister Pellet, increased every 
week. There has not been one day, except Sunday, when Sister Pellet was not called 
to some home where some one was sick. The results of the care and consultation 
given have been so successful that we have by this work gained many friends and see 
many doors opened to us. Few figures will show the great importance of this work; 
but it is impossible in a short report to make mention of all the testimonies given 
and the blessings which are the direct result of Sister Pellet's work. 

One hundred and thirty-six consultations were given in our home; ninety-six 
during 1909-1910. 

Two hundred and seventeen visits made and consultations at homes of patients; 
one hundred and twenty during 1909-1910. 

Our New Meeting Hall. 

For the last eighteen months, through difficulties created by our landlords, where 
we had our meeting rooms, our position was a difficult one. At last all was settled 
and on the 12th of March we dedicated a new hall. This new hall is better situated, 
in the center of the town, and there we have all the comfort needed for divine services 
and special room for our Sunday-school and industrial work. In this matter we were 
able to see the hand of God guiding us. We had only three weeks before us, before 
we should be compelled to leave the old quarters and nothing suitable was to be 
rented. Then incidentally we learned that there were two large halls to let. At 
once we went to see them and reached the landlord just in time to offer him a 
guarantee for the place. The next morning it would have been too late. 


During the year three have been baptized. One of them is o-ur helper, Brother 
G. Morino. We had been holding back baptizing him till the delegates from the 
General Mission Board could be with us. On a beautiful Sunday morning, the last of 
September, we went down to the river, and there a ceremony, never before seen 
in this beautiful bit of nature, took place. Brother Royer officiated. Really it was a 
delicious, a serious moment for us all, which will not be forgotten by any one present. 


From the preceding we hope it will be possible for our brethren to form a slight 
idea of what we are doing, under the guidance of our Lord and power of the Holy 
Ghost, for the souls of these dear people in France and Switzerland. Elder Galen 
B. Royer, when in Oyonnax, said, "France has no Sunday!" We may add, France 
has no God, but here are many souls in France crying for help, willing to know the 
true God, to live for Him and serve Him. The Church of the Brethren offers them 
what they are languishing for; with your help and the blessings of the Lord we will 
forever say this is the true religion, — the religion of Jesus Christ. During the last 
twelve months all the family has enjoyed good health, so it was possible for us to 
work every day for the Son of God and do according to His order: Go ye into all 
the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. Amen. 

Oyonnax, France, March 28, 1911. Adrian Pellet. 

Lizzie Pellet. 

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In the following pages we are glad to present to you the very commendable 
paper which has been written for this report. Before entering into this report we must 
make mention of the death of our dear brother, Charles H. Brubaker, who was called 
from his field of labor to an eternal reward on October 20. The General Mission 
Board at their December meeting passed the following resolutions: 

Since our dear Heavenly Father, in His infinite wisdom, has seen fit to call Brother 
Charles H. Brubaker from his field of labor in India, to a more blessed and enduring 
home beyond, we, the General Mission Board are moved to express: 

First. Our gratitude to God for the faithful, untiring service of our brother, who 
forgetting self and friends, forsook all that he might be of service to his brother who 
knew not God; and whose life of devotion, and death, — the first to fall on foreign 
soil — has proved an inspiration to the cause of missions in the Church of the Breth- 

Second. Our tenderest sympathy to the sorrowing widow and babe, who are thus 
bereft of one so near and dear to them. 

May the dear Father bless and comfort our hearts as we endeavor to labor for the 
advancement of His Precious Name. 

The General Mission Board. 

It was thought best by the India mission that Sister Brubaker return to America, 
at least for a time, and at present she is at the home of her parents at Nappanee, 


For the Year Ending December 31, 1910. 

There is much for which to be thankful. As one writes in his report, "The year 
1910 has been he best of all. It has brought us more real joy and courage than 
any previous year. While it has bi ought its new problems and disappointments, 
yet on the whole the year has been of marked improvement and one in which the Lord's 
work has moved forward to the joy of both foreigner and native." Marked advance 
has been made in several fields, especially among the Bheels and kindred tribes. One 
new station, Pimpalner, has been occupied by a missionary. Many out-stations have 
been opened and the good seed sown. In some the -soil is scarcely prepared for the 
sowing, while in others fruit has been borne to the glory of the Father. More than 
a hundred have been received into Christian fellowship by baptism, and several back- 
sliders reclaimed for the kingdom. All this is cause for great rejoicing and praise. 
Prayer should rise continually to the end that the advances made may be permanent and 
further progress achieved; that the new stations opened may become perpetual centers 
of radiant light; that much fruit may be borne for the Husbandman, and the Spirit's 
presence and power be manifested in all our work. 

For the first time in the history of the mission it falls to the lot of the recorder of 
events to note the death of one of our number. Bro. Chas. Brubaker, known best by 
those who could enter most deeply into his fellowship in prayer and the Word, passed 
to his reward Oct. 20, 1910, leaving behind his wife and little daughter, and his brethren 
and sisters in the mission family. He is no longer among us, but the sacred memories 
of his devoted, though short, life in our midst still linger as a sweet influence, wooing us 
to a life of deeper and intenser fellowship with our Lord. He had reached heights of 
conviction and experience in the spiritual life that some of us could not appreciate. 
The mission is poorer and heaven richer for his transition. 

There is but one object in the preparation of a mission report. The reading of 
tabulated statistics and narrated facts may be dry in the extreme. But these same facts 

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and figures, if winged with a message, may be means in God's hands of summoning 
His Church to deeper fellowship in praise and prayer and service. Wih this desire 
uppermost in our hearts the report is so arranged as to constitute a Prayer Cycle — a 
call to a week of PRAISE and PRAYER — a day being given to one special department 
of mission work, and such information given as should awaken praise and the needs 
presented with a view to enlist the earnest prayers of all God's children. Everyone 
may thus find a new interest in the report and, by responding to the call to intercession, 
may take a real and very necessary part in the Lord's work in India. In preparing a 
weekly cycle it is hoped that it will not be thrown aside after using it for a week, but 
that it will serve as a manual of prayer for every week in the year. 

We would remind every reader that, the mission work in India is your work. This 
report seeks to present to the church a view of her opportunity and hence her responsi- 
bility. The missionaries are but the representatives of the church — the work is mutual, 
it is yours. 

The subjects for daily intercessory prayer may be conveniently given thus: Mon- 
day — Evangelistic; Tuesday — Educational; Wednesday — Orphanage; Thursday — Indus- 
trial; Friday — Medical; Saturday- — Literature; Sunday — The Indian Christian Church. 
And may God pour out His Spirit of supplication as you peruse the pages of this report, 
praising Him for victories won and praying for ever-larger victories in the name of 
Christ, our Leader. 


Evangelistic work is of various forms and is accomplished by different methods, 
though the purpose is the same in all. It would melt our hearts to PRAISE could we 
feel the yearnings of the missionaries' hearts, and know all the difficulties under which 
the gospel message is delivered* This heart anguish, this travail of soul for the salva- 
tion of men, illuminates and transforms 
even the daily drudgery of so-called secu- 
lar work, turning it into a joyful walk with 
God and making it rich in opportunity for 
helpfulness. These pathetic and pregnant 
words from our Bro. Pittinger will reveal 
to us, better than another's could, the dif- 
ficulties overcome and victories won under 
circumstances than which none have been 
more difficult. It will be remembered that 
the Ahwa station is three days' journey 
from the railway straight away into the 
jungle, and that the building of a home 
and planting of a station have been ac- 
complished under the most trying circum- 
stances: no material at hand, no skilled 
labor to be found, transportation slow and 

" For almost four years we have labored 
here, and such a very little bit of the work 
we once thought is a missionary's has been 
done by us in person; viz., the evangel- 
istic. We've chafed under this restraint 
at times; but now as we look back over what has been done we see in it all the 
Lord's guidance and His preparing us for the work which we shall later be the more 
able to do, by His help. The entire year was occupied in building operations, super- 
intending, and working each day with the men who were employed on the work. We 
preached as we did the other work. We had the joy of meeting hundreds of people 
as we worked. They came right to where we were working, some for medicine, some 

Street Scene from Mission House at 


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to make requests of various sorts, some to be shielded from the unjust demands of 
money lenders, unjust government officials, or fellow-villagers. Each and every day 
was crowded with duties, many of which could not be performed for lack of time. 
The Lord was especially near us and blessed us with health and strength, so that we 
could be on duty every day. Our hearts are full of deepest gratitude for these won- 
drous privileges and blessings. The message of the Cross is truly a wonderful pow- 
er. We had the joy of seeing six make public confession and receive baptism. All 
of these are adults, three have touches of gray hair. ... If there be among the 
readers of the report those who have gone into the primeval forest and there hewed 
out a home they can understand how it has required so much time and labor for us to 
build up a home here in this jungle and why we have done such a little of real evangel- 
istic work, though I dare say we may have more in the labors thus performed than we 
are went to think." 

Convert a Living Witness. 

An illustration of how the Spirit leads, calls His chosen vessels and uses them to 
save others, comes from Vyara. Bro. Ross writes: "During the latter part of last 
year our evangelist, Bro. Vishwas (name means Faith), heard of a young man, son of a 
village headman, who was once the terror of his community, but now had quit drink. 
He at once set out to find him, and at last his efforts were rewarded, not only in finding 
the man, but a heart, ready for the truth. Once a drunkard and on the verge of crim- 
inality, but now with his face turned heavenward — this is a picture to bring joy to any 
soul. Through his influence several others were reached with the gospel message, and 
nine have been baptized as a result of this man's conversion. Not satisfied with having 
the Savior for himself, he gave much of his time for several months going from village 
to village witnessing for Christ. Opposition he met here and there, and scoffs were not 
a few. But he is one of those determined men not easily moved, but once taking a 
stand cares not what others think, save that he is still tempted to treat his opposers 
as he used to: to knock them down with a blow of his fist. However, to the credit of 
the power of the Gospel working in his heart, those who know him remark often that 

Rutna is changed man." 

The joy of reaping has 
come to the Anklesvar sta- 
tion in greater measure than 
to any other station, but we 
all REJOICE together. Bro. 
Stover writes: "The work 
at Anklesvar and round 
about has been growing in 
interest and activity through- 
out the year. It makes the 
workers glad to be in the 
work and gives everyone the 
encouragement that the soul 
looks for when things get 
lively and the right wins out 
before your eyes. We have 
had the joy of adding during 
the year by baptism sixty 
souls, nearly all from the 
Bheel tribe. These come 
from the hard-pressed classes, 

not what are generally called 
The Home of a Blind Bro^her^ Ke_ Is the One in the thfi depressed classes at all> 

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Mission House and Mission Workers at Andoda, Near 

for the Bheels are not of the 
' untouchables,' but in police 
circles they are known as be- 
longing to the thieving tribes, 
which are found here and there 
all over India. We have found 
their name worse than their 
actual lives, and have made 
our little speech over and over 
again to the superior officers, 
that the Bheels are a splendi 1 
people, but they have gotten 
a bad name. One lawyer of 
Anklesvar, a Hindu gentle- 
man, told me that if we wish 
to elevate the Bheels we must 
take them into our religion 
first, as otherwise we can't do 
anything for them. And so 
we have been taking his ad- 
vice, and while they are rather 
raw material yet, taking them 
into the church. Thus far the 
effort seems well planned, for 
they are not going back, but 
rather, as persecution arises, 
are becoming stronger for the 

For grasping opportunities to preach the Gospel the following, gleaned from a private 
letter, is a good example: "Yesterday we had such a full day. Among other things 
was settling up a house trespass case. Had we done what the law demands the man 
would have gotten not less than two years' imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 500. He 
and the patel (headman) of his village were very bold and insolent while we were 
before the Dang Divan (Secretary of State of the Dang country). I was pleading for 
the man to be spared, but when he turned on us like that I said in his presence and 
the Divan's, ' Let's let the law have her course and then this fellow and his abettors 
will learn some sense.' You should have seen that patel bow at my feet and use the 
sweetest possible language at his command. Then the Divan did a splendid thing -by 
telling the miserably unthankful fellows how thankful they should be for the inter- 
cession they were receiving, and instead of words of villainy they should speak only 
words of praise. The change was the most marked I've ever seen in a man. I felt 
that the lesson of thankfulness should be well rubbed in, so I said: 'We'll stay the 
proceedings for another day, then we'll let you know whether we'll free this man or 
not.' I called them to the bungalow and told them on what terms we would com- 
promise. They were ready to do anything we asked, feeling that would be better than 
a 500 rupees fine and a sojourn in the city of Surat. They are happy now and so are 
we. We forgave the man and while in the courtroom I preached a little sermon on 
the law of love. There were only two points in the sermon and I'm hoping that every 
man got them and may feel and know their worth and power, for these two same 
points were emphasized by the Master." 

Sermon in a Courtroom. 

It may be noted here that the presence of one of our missionaries in a courtroom 
or before a government official is no uncommon occurrence. It is always in the inter- 
ests of some one in need of justice, but who, because of poverty or ignorance or prej- 
udice, is unable to obtain it. The presence of a missionary makes more certain the 

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course of justice, and so the oppressed is helped and friends are won. Space forbids 
the narration of many such instances, but at least one is necessary to give an adequate 
impression of the varied activities of God's messengers, and how everything is turned 
to the advantage of the kingdom of our Lord: 

"We have really come to like a fight! By this I mean to say that when a man is 
down and that man becomes a Christian, and the other man then tries his best to skin 
him alive, and to do it by law, we like to get into that kind of a scrap, for while it 
stirs us all to our best and most thoughtful activity, it also shows to the Bheels who are 
their true friends, and to the whole community that we are in sympathy with the man 
that is being worsted, and are ready to help him on general principles. And having 
the right on our. side, and always going into trouble for the sake of right, we are nearly 
sure to win, and the joy of seeing evil go under is not a little joy. Two months ago 
two Mohammedans beat a Bheel. They deliberately planned to do so and worked ac- 
cording to their plan. One of them had come to the Bheel's hut in the evening and 
engaged the Bheel's wife to come and work for him next day, giving in advance the 
necessary wage, two annas, or four cents. In the morning he came for her and the 
woman set out to follow him, but seeing she was the only woman, stopped and said 
she thought there were to be several women and that she would not go alone to work 
for him either in his house or his field. Then began language. He threatened to take 
her to the court for getting money on false pretense. She had permitted him to pay 
her two annas the night before according to usage. The husband interfered. Both 
the husband and wife said the Mohammedan should take back his money, but that 
the wife would not follow him alone anywhere. He went home, called his brother, 
both returned with sticks and beat the Bheel soundly. Poor fellow! What was he to 
do? No one to help him. No one cares what happens to them. He came to me with 
his story. I told him he had better go first of all to the hospital. He went and after a 
week was dismissed. Then I told him to go to the chief of police. He went with a 
letter from me. That is the entering wedge for a Bheel. The constable said to go to 
the second class magistrate. There he went after we had prepared his papers of com- 
plaint. The case was entered. He had credible witnesses. At first it made a stir in 
the town where the affair had happened. When the offenders began to see what was 
coming they got warm and employed a lawyer. That cost them rupees. They tried 
to bribe witnesses. That did not work except against them. And when everything was 
just ready to go ill with them it was my good fortune to act as a go-between and to 
effect a settlement outside the court. The Mohammedan gladly paid the Bheel a 
month's wages, his court fees, and also promised seriously not to make trouble for 
the Bheels again." 

A New Station. 

The occupation of a new station brings experiences which do not come to every 
missionary, but which cannot be forgotten by those who are called upon to undertake 
such a service. A stranger and among strangers, without a home, surrounded by 
prejudice and stealthy opposition — these were the conditions met by our Bro. Long 
when he went a year ago to occupy the new station, Pimpalner. This place is the 
political center of a Bheel population of 16,000 whom we desire to reach, tho Pimpalner 
itself is the home of many fanatical Brahmans. The Bheels are very poor and many 
of them are in literal bondage to the Hindu landlords. This bondage is not only a 
matter of physical labor, but extends over their social and religious life; this is bondage 
indeed. When Bro. Long reached Pimpalner to begin work he found a single friend (a 
Mohammedan) and many bitter enemies. The Brahmans of the place set themselves to 
oppose the settlement in their vicinity of one who would disturb their uninterrupted 
sway over the bodies and souls of their slaves, the Bheels. Being unable to get 
a house the new comer lived in a canvas tent. He could get no water without much 
effort. His workers were once arrested for drawing a bit of water from a village public 
well. No land could be bought on which he might build a home for his family and 

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The Mission House and Workers at 
Kusamodi, Near Ankleshwer. 

workers. And what was most painful to 
the heart of our brother, who was seeking 
only the good of the people, he could get 
no audience. The Bheels had been so in- 
timidated that they dared not approach the 
tent. They were told that they would be 
defiled if even they should talk to Chris- 
tians. When they were offered schools in 
which to educate their boys some replied: 
" Welcome the jail, which is often ours 
without cause; welcome bondage, which 
has been, our lot all our lifetime; welcome 
ignorance, which you impute to us, but we 
will have none of your schools." Think 
of the heartaches of one who wishes them 
only well, to be thus rebuffed. But then 
our Savior endured the denials and slan- 
der of those He came to save. With such 
conditions facing him at the beginning of 
the year, it is not surprising if our brother 
wondered at times if an opening could ever 
be made through the enemy's wall of op- 
position. But he is thankful, and we should PRAISE GOD with him, that the appar- 
ently impregnable wall of opposition is breaking in places, and difficulties disappear 
as he advances. Water may now be drawn from many wells, the Bheels who, a year 
ago, dared not come near or at most crept into the tent under cover of night (even 
then uneasy for fear of being detected), now come in large numbers, and in the light 
of day. And so far from fear of being defiled by talking to Christians, they are now 
ready to eat with them — which means social equality and true friendship. And during 
the year three schools were started and a goodly number enrolled in each. In one 
place where the people had declared they would "not send a boy to the mission 
school, even if the teacher should sit in their village ten years," a teacher was lo- 
cated, and within two months seventeen boys were enrolled and the school still con- 
tinues. Two other schools ran for a short time and were closed on account of the 
sickness of the teachers. PRAYER is the sole means by which the walls of this Jer- 
icho are crumbling. And in this prayer-conflict every one of us may have a share. 
As Jehovah said to Jacob, " I will not leave thee till I have done all I have spoken to 
thee of," so we hear Him say to us as we advance upon the enemy's ground. En- 
couraged by this promise of our Leader, we press on to preempt, in His name, the 
unoccupied territory, for indeed there is yet very much ground to be possessed. 
The hill tribes, though turning their faces whence comes the Light of a new hope, are 
still oppressed and in bondage to evil men and to their own sinful natures and worth- 
less idols. PRAY for them. 

The Roll Call for Thieves. 

You will recall the lengthy and interesting account in last annual report of the 
" Bheel hajri " (roll call) system and how it came to an end in Anklesvar Taluka. We 
have all been watching with eager interest the result of this move, and we are glad to 
be able to add another chapter to the story after a year of experience: "The hajri 
(roll call for thieves, every night) has been abolished. This was done last year. We 
were glad of it. Everybody was glad — everybody but the miserable men who were 
the oppressors of these poor souls and used the hajri as a means to their own end. 
(It is known that village headmen have called the Bheels — supposedly the only thieves 
about — to the evening hajri on pretext of keeping them from stealing grain from the 

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fields, and while they sat helpless the headmen had their servants out in the fields 
helping themselves to the ripening grain of the poor Bheels.) It is said the Moham- 
medans intend making a lengthy petition to government to have the hajri system 
reestablished. But it has not been done yet, and meantime we are getting our ammuni- 
tion ready against that day. Let it come. But the hajri did one thing: it brought the 
Bheels together and kept them till a late hour (giving a good opportunity to preach 
to them). Now some of our Christians think it were better to have hajri for the Bheels 
who refuse to become Christians so that we can the better get at them with preach- 
ing. For many a time when we go to preach to them they manifest so little interest 
in our message that they either won't get together, or won't listen if they are together. 
They even say they have no need now, since the hajri is gone, so why should they listen 
to us? But I cannot think it were better to reestablish a bad custom even though it 
take longer to reach the people. It is not right to put them under a yoke in order 
that they may seek our help to become free." The novelty of prayer hajri instead of 
Bheel hajri was received with gratitude by the Christians and adherents for a time, 
but their habits of indolence and the sense of freedom from former restraint worked 
adversely at times, and even the prayer services grew small in numbers. However 
necessary it may seem at times, outward compulsion is not the spirit of the Christ, and 
the inner impulse to right comes feebly and slowly at first. So we are always thrown 
back on the Holy Spirit's working in the hearts of our converts. Here your prayers 
will be effectual. 


Though this, as well as every other department of mission work, is made sub- 
servient to the evangelistic aim, yet for purposes of report we may treat it separately, 
for it is a large and ever-increasing element in our work. We look upon it as the 
foundation upon which subsequent success must rest. Were this a purely secular enter- 
prise we might have little excuse for any outlay of money or energy upon what should 
be considered the work of the government. But with her highly-perfected system the 
government of India is still quite unable to reach nearly all the many villages in the 
outlying districts, and there is much room for the extension of village mission schools. 
And usually the government is ready, not only to leave this work in the hands of the 
mission wherever the mission village schools supply adequate facilities, but also is 
actually giving grants-in-aid to such of our schools as come up to the government require- 
ment. Now the fact of a village school being in the hands of a Christian teacher gives 
opportunity for a village Sunday-school and even for sowing daily the gospel seed in 
the form of good songs and Bible verses. Then, too, the village schoolmaster is the 
one intelligent man in the community, and because of this exerts a peculiarly wide in- 
fluence. Here is our hope. This is at once the most subtle and effective method of 
evangelization. It is reaching the children, and " of such is the kingdom of heaven." 
And the kingdom cannot be established until the children have been won for Jesus. 

PRAISE — for the manifest leading of God in the opening of new schools in villages 
of strategic importance; for Divine blessing manifested in the development of schools 
already established; for the wide-open door of opportunity offered to us in several 
districts, especially among the hill tribes in the Raj Pipla, Anklesvar, Vyara, Ahwa, 
Dahnu, and Pimpalner districts, and among the fishermen of Jalalpor and Bulsar. 

In Raj Pipla State the workers had great reason to praise God for answered 
prayer. In quite unexpected ways the hand of God moved when the missionaries were 
helpless (owing to the absence of Bro. and Sister Lichty) to make any advance move. 
In the most unlikely and unlooked-for villages the people's hearts were opened and led 
to ask for a school to be put in their midst. And then in unforeseen ways God sent 
teachers to supply these new demands. A good school was started and continued in 
one village which was made the object of special prayer for a whole year before an 
opening could be made. To Him be all the praise. 

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First and Second Grades in Girls' School. 

PRAYER is the divinely appointed 
means of securing heaven's wisdom and 
the Spirit's guidance to solve the hard 
problems and overcome all the ob- 
stacles confronting us in connection with 
these village schools. In varying de- 
grees the difficulties are the same in all 
the stations, so* that to enumerate them 
is to give ground for prayer on behalf 
of them all. Assuming that in a certain 
village the people have petitioned for 
a school, the first question of importance 
is the choosing of a teacher. " Bheels 
for the Bheels " has come to be an ax- 
iom among us, for the reason that these 
oppressed and intimidated people have 
more confidence in a man of their own 
race than in anyone else; and also be- 
cause it prevents in a measure the Hin- 
dus from thrusting in their caste re- 
strictions. Bheel teachers, and especial- 
ly (Bheel) Christian teachers, are not 
plentiful, and it is easy to see that the 
growth of this work is directly depend- 
ent on the number of teachers we can 
develop from among the boys now in 
school. We must make our own teach- 
ers. This difficulty is not so great in the 

strictly British territory, though there the caste question is ever-present and often 
most stubborn. But for this the schools for fishermen children in Bulsar and Jalal- 
por districts would have little- difficulty. Here in brief is the story of one: "All the 
teachers are Christians but one, a fisherman and an old employe. He has been most 
friendly to us and at heart a Christian for several years. In fact at our District Meet- 
ing he stood up for baptism, but was afraid to take the final step of receiving it. Soon 
after this the crisis came. Water troubles arose in the village when we wanted our 
Christians to fill. After some stormy scenes in the village the school closed, where- 
upon the fisherman teacher was transferred to Bulsar. He came and lived in the Chris- 
tian community. On account of this his poor, old, widowed mother was outcasted and 
given much trouble. On top of all this he took severely ill and became senseless. His 
old mother came and pled, and sick as he was, took him back home. He recovered, 
went back into caste, and appears now to be our enemy, teaching a small private 
school where the mission school had been conducted for seven years. Such is the 
power of caste. Our Christian family is still living there, and by order of govern- 
ment the village furnishes them with water, free. In this and another school a num- 
ber of children passed the India Sunday-school examination. Thus by schools Chris- 
tian knowledge is disseminated, but caste influence interferes very much in people be- 
coming Christians. Two other schools among the fishermen did very good work." 
Only the Spirit of the omnipotent God, working in answer to the prayers of His 
church, can overcome this time-worn but stubborn barrier to all progress. 

The teacher chosen, the next question is the securing of a house in which he may 
live. The school might get along for six months under a tree or on the veranda of 
some kindly-disposed villager, but the teacher and his family must have a house. In 
some places this means either to rent or else to procure land on which to build a 
mission house. The latter is preferable if possible, since to rent is to be at the mercy of 
the owner who may be pressed by his neighbors to expel the teacher from his house 

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at any time. In other places (especially in Raj Pipla hills) the willingness of the vil- 
lagers to provide or help build a house for the school and teacher is taken as evidence 
of their genuine desire for a school. In the Anklesvar District several good houses 
have been built through the generous donations of several personal friends of the mis- 
sionary in charge. Such help is very welcome. 

Another great difficulty is the securing of regular attendance. An account of the 
school problem in the Ahwa District will suffice for every district where schools for- 
the Bheels are conducted: "The problems arising in connection with the education of 
people so ignorant as those living in the Dangs are very difficult indeed. Often it 
seems no progress at all is being made. The people have rio appreciation at all of 
what is being done for them educationally. We have tried a number of plans to secure 
a greater and better attendance. They have all failed so far. During the year we 
began giving a daily allowance of grain to each child to secure his regular attendance. 
At first it seemed the plan was sure to succeed, but in a short time the attendance 
again dwindled down to that of those who were regular in their attendance without 
the giving of grain. The grain giving has been stopped with no ill effect. We must 
first get the people interested in the schools and help them to understand the benefits 
that will accrue to them and their children if they will but avail themselves of the 
help placed at their disposal. This will take much tact, patience and prayer. We'll 
win out. If not we, then those who will succeed us. But win we will in His name 
and strength." 

A suggestive paragraph from the Anklesvar report will illustrate this point: "The 
schools we have among the Bheels are running along nicely, after the Bheel fashion 
rather than after the Christian fashion. This for the present, but all this will change, 
for when they become Christians they get on the Way that leads to another than the 
Bhcel goal, and they come to see it, too. Perhaps as good a thing as I can do, to 
illustrate, would be to give a record of a Bheel school with a Bheel-Christian teacher 
for the year. Here it is: 

Number of Scholars Average Attendance 

8 iy 2 

6 4 
5 VA 

7 4 

16 sy 2 

21 11 

20 15 

20 16^ 

20 • 14y 2 
18 9 

io 7y 2 

7 654 

Total 267 Average 13 Average 8 l / 2 

" There have been for the most part of the year ten such schools." 

An Opportunity. 

A unique situation exists in the Vyara District where, owing to the existence of 
two government boarding-schools, several hundred educated boys and young men may 
be found scattered throughout the district teaching government village schools, farm- 
ing, or engaged in some other employment. An opportunity is here presented to se- 
cure future workers, if by the help of the Spirit in answer to your prayers, these 
educated boys may be touched with the gospel message, their prejudice banished, and 
the opposition overcome which is sure to arise so soon as it is perceived that these 
boys — educated in the government schools — are turning to the Christian religion. 
(Note. — Soon after the writing of the above situation Bro. Ross baptized two such boys. 
Others are studying and one is an applicant. Praise and pray.) 


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The " Little Flock " in the Girls' Orphanag-e. 

Training Department. 

Another phase of the educational 
work of the mission remains to be re- 
viewed, and, in large measure, to be de- 
veloped. Granted that in all these village 
schools boys may be educated to the point 
where they would be qualified to teach in 
other villages, now unoccupied, and grant- 
ed that a number of those educated boys 
in the Vyara District should become 
Christians and so become a source of sup- 
ply for mission teachers and preachers, 
there is still lacking in both cases the 
special training necessary to qualify 
them for efficient service as mission 
agents. For every village teacher must 
be at heart an evangelist — at least a 
true Christian, able to stand alone in the 
darkness of heathenism and hold up the 
Light of truth. The special training of 
prospective mission agents is a pressing 
need which must not be denied if any 
degree of permanent success is desired. - 
The need has pressed itself upon the 
mission and a beginning has been made. 

Bro. Blough says: "We have more and more joy in the training department work. 
Every year sees some new ones enter and some going out creditably into 
mission work. To the present 34 in all have entered as students. This year five entered 
and five went out. Two dropped out because of inability, of whom, I am sorry to 
say, one went totally blind. During the year two boys and two girls were in the 
Teachers' Training College, seven in English, and the remainder .in lower vernacular 
work, of whom all but three passed. It is encouraging to see the desire for better 
training and education grow among the children. But, brethren and sisters, there is 
one thing I would like to emphasize in this connection, and it is this: These thirty- 
four young people, since in the training department, have not spent any time in our 
o\vn mission schools but always in outside schools. You ask why? For the simple 
reason that we do not have mission schools for the higher education. But we need 
them and must have them. And this will require buildings and equipment and teachers, 
and here is where you can help. If it is so important to train our children in our own 
colleges in America, how much more so in India? I am so glad that just last December 
the Field Committee in India decided to establish a combined Bible and Normal 
Training School, and I would like to urge all to support this heartily and make it a 
possibility at an early date. We need it at once. This year we sent up to the govern- 
ment school nine applicants, but on account of severe competition none were admitted, 
except one who went in on special conditions. Now where shall we train them? 

In the absence of adequate equipment for the normal training department in our 
own mission it would seem to be wise to patronize other nearby missions who have 
the equipment and would be glad to extend to us the privilege of their advance develop- 
ment. But so far, like so many at home, the mission has preferred government colleges 
and training schools to mission institutions of other denominations. It should be re- 
membered that these young men will be the leaders of the Christian church in India. 
If they are allowed to take up life's work without being well founded in the Word the 
future outlook of the church will be anything but hopeful. 

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PRAISE — For the Christian atmosphere surrounding the boys and girls who have 
been rescued from famine and heathenism and are now fast growing up into manhood 
and womanhood in Christ. Many have already gone out to build up Christian homes. 

Boys' Orphanage. 

The work among the boys during the year was very pleasant. Some few were 
tempted to fall into bad habits, but by help and punishment they were saved. Their 
spiritual life on the whole was commendable. There were several cases of severe sick- 
ness and we lost two of our good boys by death. Scarcely a day passes by without 
some sickness. Sister Blough gave much of her time to the care of the sick and the 
physical comfort of the boys: their food, etc. All of the boys work part of the day, 
and some few who cannot learn or who are sickly work all day. We began the year 
with sixty-five boys and during the year five were admitted. These, however, are not 
orphans, but children of our own Christians who come for school advantages. So the 
orphanage is really growing into a boarding school. All parents but two are paying 
part expenses. During the year two died, four became independent, three entered the 
training department, three went away without leave, two went to farming at Vali; so 
at the end of the year there are fifty-six remaining. 

Boys' School. 

We employed four teachers during the year, all of whom were qualified and all 
Christians but the head master. The school did very good work and showed up well 
in the government inspection. From third grade to sixth grade is all we have in the 
boys' school. For seventh grade work we send to the town school to a more com- 
petent teacher. The few small boys attend the lower classes in the girls' school. 
Government gave a grant of Rupees 150 at the last inspection. Teachers' wages range 
from $3 to $8.25 per month. 

Girls' Orphanage — a Review. 

Number enrolled January 1, 1905 123 

Number enrolled January 1, 1906, 106 

Number enrolled January 1, 1907, 99 

Number enrolled January 1, 1908, 90 

Number enrolled January 1, 1909 77 

Number enrolled January 1, 1910, 67 

Number enrolled January 1, 1911, 56 

Marriages during 1905, 10 

Marriages during 1906, 8 

Marriages during 1907, 11 

Marriages during 1908 9 

Marriages during 1909 10 

Marriages during 1910, 15 

These figures show where the large number of the girls have gone, lessening the 
number to that of the present. It's not a discouraging record to me, because every girl 
going out into matrimony makes one more family in the Christian community. In 
making the record of the number of children in these families made from the orphange 
I find there are eighty-five. That means eighty-five children who will be able to look 
back to a Christian parentage, which means so much in this country. 

During the year 1910 we had the largest number go out since the orphanage began, 
and we had the largest number come in since the days of famine. There were eight 
admitted during the year, six whose mothers were once themselves girls in the 
orphanage. These six girls are the beginning of the boarding school. 

Of the fifteen girls married during 1910, seven married teachers, five married 
farmers, one a carpenter, one a fireman on the railroad, and two colporteurs. 

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The Girls'. School. 

The Girls' School was in 
session about ten months of 
the year, with an enrollment 
of forty-nine and an average 
daily attendance of forty- 
four. The school was in ses- 
sion daily from 9 to 11 and 
from 1 to 4, save in the hot 
season when the morning 
hours from 7 to 11 were 
kept. The government in- 
spector in his report con- 
cerning the school says: 
" The quality of education 
imparted is good on the 
whole. Boys and girls study 
together up to the second 
grade. Drill, needlework 
and singing are very good 
throughout. Native accounts 
and analysis are weak in the 
sixth grade. Grade five 
is well taught. In grade 
four reading and analysis 
are weak, but arithmetic, 
dictation, writing and his- 
tory appear to have been 

well taught. . . . Discipline and conduct of pupils is very 
Considering the size of the school and the good equipment 

The Class in Girls' School Preparing - for Normal 

of teachers 

I beg to recommend that a grant of Rs. 175 be awarded the school." (This amount 
has been received.) 

The teaching staff is Christian save the head master, who is a Hindu, but a very 
good man. 

Bible Study. 
It is the aim to have daily Bible instruction in all of the classes from the kinder- 
garten to the sixth grade. The International Daily Bible Readings are followed in 
the morning chapel exercises. All the girls are members of the Sunday-school. All 
took part in the Sunday-school examination and nearly all passed, receiving certificates. 

Industrial Work. 
Sewing is taught in all the grades and knitting and crocheting in the third, fourth, 
fifth and sixth grades. The girls do their own sewing and patching. A ready sale 
awaits the knitted and crocheted goods put out. 

Domestic Science. 

Every girl helps in the cooking, baking and grinding. Every girl has some piece of 
work that is hers to do every day. Cooking, baking, grinding, washing and houseclean- 
ing are emphasized as much as reading, writing and arithmetic. The happiness of the 
India home depends on the women knowing how to cook and keep a nice house. 

The Training Department. 

During the year three girls were in the training department. One sickened during 
the early part of the year and had to give up her work.- She died the first day of 
January, 1911. The other two girls did good work, passing in their classes; one has 
passed into the third year of the college work and the other one into the second. Three 


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girls entered the entrance examination for the college, but failed. All the girls who 
have passed the sixth grade have been organized into a training class preparatory to 
entering college next year. There are seven in the class. Their teacher is one who 
has had two years of college work. 

Work Among the Women. 

There is a large community of Christian women among whom one missionary could 
spend all his time. They are the wives of teachers, mechanics, farmers, railroad em- 
ployes, cooks, butlers, etc. A weekly meeting is held especially for them on Thursday 
afternoon. Sometimes they sew, the product of which is sold and the funds expended 
in some good work. Sometimes a Bible lesson is given. The women enjoy this little 
meeting most of all because it is only for them. Ofttimes the regular public services 
do not have as many women attendants as we would like, but we know their shyness 
often keeps them away. In a meeting only for them and their children they feel more 
free. Sister Blough worked untiringly among the women, helping many of them in 
their difficulties and strengthening them in their spiritual life. 

PRAYER — That in connection with the education of these young people and their 
training for life's duties, they may receive before going out, the special equipment in 
Christian character and in enduement of power for fruitful service which only the 
Holy Spirit can give. That the native church at each of the mission stations may be 
strengthened by the coming into them of these orphan boys and girls to build new 
homes. Owing to their superior advantages in training these should be most active in 
Sunday-school and church work. 


This department of mission work is fast growing in popular esteem, in equipment, 
and in efficiency, and may it be hoped in definite results for the kingdom of Christ. 
For every hand trained to greater skill, and hence every family further removed from 

penury and better supplied 
with the necessities for real 
home life, may and should re- 
sult in happier homes, stabler 
character, and larger influence 
for good in the community. 

PRAISE— For the youthful 
hands trained to every sort of 
useful employment: domestic 
science, weaving, carpentry, 
gardening and farming. At 
Bulsar: The year 1910 was 
significant in the amunt of or- 
der work done in the shop. 
Work was furnished for ten 
carpenters, and this without 
any difficulty. There was but 
little building work, so all of 
them were in the shop most of 
the time. The mission and 
missionaries always furnish 
some work for the ship, such 
as tables and chairs for 
schools, etc., but we are giad 
to say that as never before has 
the town of Bulsar furnished 

Third Grade in Girls' School. 

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the bulk of the shop work. A new veteri- 
nary hospital was opened in Bulsar and 
we made all its furnishings. The rest of 
the work came from private individuals, 
such as railway employes, merchants and 
others. The king of a neighboring na- 
tive State gave several orders. Cup- 
boards, dressers, tables, chairs, beds, 
stands, racks, door and window frames, 
chests, etc., were made. 

In the weaving advance was made in 
making new designs in towels and sheets. 
One loom was enlarged so as to weave 
wide sheets, and these find ready safe. 
All the cloth that could be woven found 
ready sale, and sometimes there was 
more demand than we could supply. At 
the end of the year there was no stock 
in hand at all. Two classes in carpentry 
were taught all year. 

Thought has matured and plans been 
improved for Christian farm colonies, of 
which several are in existence, though in somewhat of an embryonic state. But in 
these lies our hope for the establishment of a permanent and strong Christian in- 
fluence in the midst of adverse environment. Community life is natural to India and 
its power must be utilized for the building of Christian character. 

PRAYER is needed that these small beginnings may speedily grow into strong 
and permanent Christian cormmunities, capable not only of self-support, but worthy of 
exerting a wide influence in the agricultural world. The farm machinery brought from 
America by Bro. Lichty has been a source of much curiosity and wonderment on the 
part of our farming friends who came from many villages to see. Their practical utility 
has not yet been demonstrated, owing to the lateness of their arrival. The little 
Galloway gasoline engine has been a very helpful part of the garden and house equip- 
ment. The pump is not sufficient for extensive irrigation. The appreciation with 
which the mission industrial work is received by many in the home land is evidenced 
by the recent liberal donations for its support and enlargement. During the last two 
months of his stay in the home land Bro. Emmert received $1,000 from those at home 
who believe in industrial missions. A further donation of $2,000 is needed to put the 
work on a strong and running basis. We hope this will be forthcoming. 


Fifth and Sixth Grades in Girls' School. 

PRAISE — For the loving devotion that reaches out with sympathetic if not always 
with helpful hands to the thousands sick and dying, with none to heal. I say " not al- 
ways helpful," for what, with the small stock of medicine and still less of medical 
knowledge, can the untrained missionary do in the presence of well-nigh incurable 
cases of all sorts of diseases? It is always with sorrow and pity that one is compelled 
to say to such, " We can't help you." We think of our Savior to whom came the lame, 
blind, i ever-stricken, paralytic, the leper, the demon-possessed, and all received healing at 
His loving and powerful hand. Is it any wonder that there arises from every station a 
cry for a doctor to minister to the sick, who come daily for help? There is not a sta- 
tion where medicine is not given out to those who can be helped. This work is actually 
pressed upon us. From Dahanu, Bro. Adam Ebey writes that over 5,000 people have 
gotten medicine from that station during the year. Vali has been the scene of a 


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constant stream of comers and goers to whom Bro. and Sister Lichty have ministered 
with patience and very good results. Bro. Lichty is often called upon to go to distant 
villages to visit some one who is unable to come here. He is always surrounded by a 
host of other expectant and pleading sick whenever he goes. And he never returns 
but that he tells of the large opportunity and the need of a skilled doctor. For this 
medical work opens doors and hearts that otherwise would remain closed. A large 
field of opportunity for evangelization is opened to the missionary by the coming to 
him of these hundreds and thousands for physical healing. Pressure of work often 
leads to neglect of this opportunity, and a native preacher, if tactful, could do much 
good as a dispenser of the great remedy for sin. Our missionary nurse, Sister Ida 
Himmelsbaugh, has been busy. Calls come from other stations, necessitating railway 
travel, while visits to surrounding villages have been made in bullock cart and over 
dusty roads. 

Vyara is not behind the rest in point of opportunity nor in persistency of its de- 
mand for a medical missionary. Medical help has been no small part of the service 
rendered the helpless people of the Dangs. While the actual number of patients has 
not been recorded, we are sure that the energy and prayer expended on the sick have 
opened many hearts for the gospel message which was given as faithfully as the 
medicine. "As we give out that which is means for the healing of the body, we pour 
out the ointment for the soul. In this work we have closest touch with the people, 
and its wondrous possibilities appall us when we think of what a little bit we are 
really able to do of all that might be done with a better training on our part. How- 
ever, the things we can do are appreciated by a large per cent of those who are helped. 
God is using this phase of mission work in. a wonderful way. Let him who desires a 
big practice as a physician and surgeon come here and he will have many times more 
work than he can do. During the year we treated a number of cases that were pitiable 
in the extreme. God wondrously blessed the efforts we made in His name. Not long 
ago a man came for medicine with a syphilitic sore on his neck. It was in very bad 

shape and full of worms. 
The poor fellow said to Sis- 
ter Himmelsbaugh that he 
had not slept for a year, it 
pained him so. She did for 
it what a nurse knows to do, 
and sent him home with in- 
structions to return the next 
day. Next day when he came 
back the cloth with which 
his head and neck were 
bandaged was all chewed and 
the nurse asked the patient 
whatever he had been doing 
with the bandage cloth. His 
answer was very suggestive. 
He said, ' Miss Sahib, I slept 
so well last night that the 
rats came and ate the cloth 
and I never knew anything 
about it till this morning 
when my wife told me the 
cloth was chewed into holes. 
Maf kero, but I couldn't 
help it, I slept so well.' " 
The need of hospital ac- 

Fourth Grade in Girls' School. 

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commodation in connection with the orphanage at Bulsar can best be 
expressed by those who have the care of the sick, but have no place to put 
them. Will you PRAY that this crying need may soon find a response in the dedica- 
tion of a life of service by some proficient medical student or doctor in the home land? 
Hear what Sister Eliza Miller says: 

The Great Need. 

" The great and crying need of the orphanage has ever been for a hospital and a 
doctor. For fourteen years the orphanage has been in existence and every year some 
have sickened and died. True, death will come, however well the care and however 
skillful the physician, but I dare say that many a life could have been spared had the 
care and equipment for the sick been better. I tremble when any one sickens, for the 
question always comes, 'What shall I do and where shall I put them?' In all these 
years we have had no special place for the sick and no special attendant for them. 
We have sent the sick away — sometimes to the Bombay Hospital, sometimes to the 
Anand Hospital, but in both cases it means going among strangers. The sick ones 
do not want to go away from home or from among their friends. How often have they 
said, ' I would rather die here than be sent away for treatment.' During this last year 
we have had so much sickness and more deaths than for five years. There is so much 
tubercular trouble and we especially need a home for those afflicted in this special way. 
Early in the year one of the women who had been married only a few months became 
very ill from tuberculosis. I took her to Bombay, where she remained about a month, 
when she would not stay any longer, so came home and lingered for months, suffering 
untold misery. Our tailor, during the year, also went down with this trouble and is 
now at the very point of death. In January one of the girls in the training department 
sickened and had to give up her work. She was in Anand awhile, then came to Bulsar. 
All that we knew we did, but in spite of it all she died. I am sure that with proper 
equipment and attendants these suffering ones might be relieved, and I am sure their 
last days, if they could not get well, would be more peaceful. Who is willing to come 
and help in this great need? Men and money are needed — men to administer to the 
body, doctors and nurses, money to put up buildings for the relief and comfort of 
suffering humanity." 


Often in our own hearts, as well as in the expressed wishes of the Indian Chris- 
tians, is the desire that in the vernacular there might be a larger supply of wholesome 
religious literature: helps to Bible study, devotional books, and helps to character 
building, such as are seen in English in the libraries of the missionaries. And there 
is ground for PRAISE to our Lord that "an ever-increasing volume of helpful literature 
is issuing from the mission presses in India, while colporteurs continue to dispose of 
thousands of tracts and gospel portions to the traveling public. Dahanu, Bulsar, 
Jalalpor, Anklesvar, each has a bookseller at the railway station, while in the Vyara 
District it is hoped that soon a traveling colporteur may be employed to sell the 
Gospels to those able to read in the villages. These book sellers have abundant op- 
portunity to preach, and they use it, though often they are rebuffed and slandered. 
PRAY for these sowers of the gospel seed, for it is indeed sowing broadcast and at 
times the fruit seems long delayed. Again at times this method of evangelization bears 
abundant and rich fruit for our Lord. 

The Brethren's Sunday-school Quarterly continues to be published and to find 
favor and a large sale in other missions of Gujarat. The Prakash Patra also makes 
its appearance in its season and is a welcome visitor in the homes of our Christians. 
The daily readings in Gujarati for the I. B. R. A. were also published under supervision 
of one of our missionaries. 

There is an open field for the production of religious literature in the vernacular, 
and the results in the life and character of the native church cannot be estimated. 


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The last day in our week of intercessory prayer must be on behalf of the Indian 
church. With fond anticipation and hope every missionary is laboring and praying for 
the development of a native church which in time will not only maintain its own organi- 
zation, but also itself be the great evangelizing force in her native land. 

The securing of Christian community as a nucleus for a church, the organization 
and election of necessary officers, maintenance of all the church ordinances and 
services, the financing of an independent church, and eventually the voluntary under- 
taking of religious propaganda by the native church — this is the goal, the fond hope 
of the missionary, but the way is long and in places very difficult. " The church is of 
prime importance in all mission work. We have been upholding this idea before all 
as well as we could. But aside from the elections for Sunday-school officers and the 
delegates to District Meeting, we have had no elections as a church. Anklesvar. — We 
look forward with a good deal of interest, ever increasing, to the time when we shall 
have a number of elections to the ministry of our native members, and now we can see 
that time in the near future. For this we are glad. 

PRAISE — For the progress made in the development of self-supporting churches. 
Many encouraging signs appear. The Anklesvar church still supports one of her 
members as an evangelist in an adjoining village. In Bulsar the Evangelistic Society 
among the members has been active throughout the year. The work done is entirely 
voluntary. The members go out in groups to country villages, sometimes walking out 
as far as five miles and returning home late in the evening, but with songs of joy on 
their lips. At the weekly meetings of the society, experiences of the various members 
are related, and prayers are offered for special cases. A similar organization was 
effected in the Vali church on last New Year's Day, hence does not properly come in 
this report. Collections are taken by the treasurers of both these societies and the 
proceeds devoted to evangelistic work. The members in all the churches contribute 
according to their ability for the support of the District Mission work. A week of 
self-denial is observed annually in each 
church, in which the members deny 
themselves some ordinary comfort — 
a meal, some article of clothing or what- 
ever — and the amount thus saved is col- 
lected for the District Mission Board. 
With deep gratitude to God for the 
working of the Spirit in their hearts we 
may tell of the sacrifices made by some 
of our Indian Christians for the sake of 
their fellow countrymen who are yet in 
heathen darkness. It is known that some 
are giving as much as two tithes of their 
income, others have given the equivalent 
of a half-month's wages. Others have 
brought twenty to forty pounds of grain. 
We lift our hearts in gratitude for every 
sign of the awakening of the Christ Spir- 
it in the hearts of our people. 

In the Bulsar church this was a year 
of peace, and we hope of progress. Sun- 
day-school was well attended all year 
and the result in the annual examina- 
tion was good. Two medals out of a 

, . . ', , , °. A Teashop by the Wayside at the Christian 

preaching services were held every Sun- Convention. 

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day. In these our native minister, Bro. Lallu Jalam, did full work whenever 
present. Two love feasts and several councils were held. The deacons are becoming 
more efficient and at each love feast relieve the missionaries more and more. The 
Sunday-school offerings amounted to Rupees 250, and this is in addition to what was 
given to the District Mission work. 

The attendance at the English preaching service, held every Sunday at sunset, 
though not large was very regular. The average attendance is about twenty. 

The English-speaking Christians in Bulsar are few, but most of them except the 
Catholics join us in our services. However, for this service we need better benches 
or chairs. We are at present using the common school benches which are not . 
satisfactory. The offerings have increased admirably, amounting to Rs. 158-3-4 as 
against Rs. 68-0-0 last year. 

The Sunday-school is an important and increasingly hopeful part of our church 
work. Not all the thirty-three Sunday-schools conducted through the year can be 
called children of the native churches, but many are rather purely agents of the 
mission conducted by the village teachers. But we praise God for the increasing 
interest and value of the Sunday-school. The year 1911 will doubtless show a greater 
increase than ever in this line of work. 

The Widows' Home at Jalalpor, under charge first, of Sister Quinter, and later, of 
Sister Zigler, has continued in operation, though the number of occupants is small. 
A Sunday-school has been conducted throughout the year and preaching services and 
morning prayers have provided religious instruction to the little group of Christians 
there. Let us pray for the widows and the fatherless, and visit them in their affliction. 

The report of the activities of the Indian Christian church would be incomplete 
without mention of the District Mission Board, now in the second year of its existence. 
The fact that the voluntary offerings, the self-denial offerings of the Christians, have 
made possible the placing of another District evangelist in the field, a new station 
thus opened, and a harvest of three souls baptized should cause us to lift our hearts in 
PRAISE, for this is the beginning of the realization of our cherished hopes. And let 
us PRAY long and earnestly for God's best blessing to be bestowed upon this outreach 
of the young church after her fellow-countrymen. 


Just at the close of the year our Bro. Blough left the field for a rest in the home 
land. We asked him to write us a message after he got away from his work a bit, and 
could look back over the year at a little distance. While on his voyage he wrote the 
following and sent it back: "You ask me for a message to the church. What shall 
it be? The overwhelming thought to me is the very, very little that has been done 
yet. Surely nothing to flatter ourselves about. As missionaries and church we need 
to wake up. O brethren and sisters of America, we need men and money and might, 
and we need them right away. It is high time we push forward in accordance with 
our opportunity and strength. Come, let us work at missions as we work at other 
things — in earnest." 

Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest that He send forth laborers into the 
harvest. Go ye. 

Bring ye the WHOLE tithe into the storehouse that there may be meat in mine 
house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of Hosts, if I will not open you 
the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough 
to receive it. 

For He must reign. 1 Cor. 15: 25. 

Ask of Me and I shall give thee the nations for thine inheritance. Psa. 2: 8. 

If ye will ask I will do. — Our Lord. 

Is there anything too hard for the Lord? Gen. 18: 14. 

There is nothing too hard for Thee. Jer. 32: 17. 

Ask, and ye shall receive. For he that asketh receiveth. E. H. Eby. 


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Thus, Dear Brethren and Sisters, do we .make our report. Tho the year has 
been fraught with many encouraging features, still it has not been without its intricate 
problems; but the opportunities and the responsibilities impel us on as never before. 
The day of great things in mission work, in spiritual progress, in consecration, in sac- 
rifice, is only beginning to dawn for our Brotherhood. The eastern horizon is yet 
roseate, gilded with a golden hue. Noble ones, here and there, have all these years been 
praying and laboring and sacrificing that the cause of God .might triumph, and that the 
heart of the entire church might be touched. Day breaks and with it comes the vision 
of a strong church in India with consecrated multitudes, a strong church in China with 
large membership, a rejuvenated work in Sweden, in Denmark and in France, a 
Brotherhood united North and South and East and West in the one great cause of 
salvation and world-wide conquest for the Supremacy of our Conquering King 
Immanuel. — B — 

Financial Report. 

The following pages contain a record of our finances. We hope you will carefully 
peruse these pages, for your own benefit and for the benefit of the work. If there is 
anything not clear we shall be glad to answer your questions. 

'SO Annual Report 

1. World Wide Fund. 

Receipts — 

Balance from last year, $ 28,386 03 

Donations as reported in the Visitor, $ 27,983 40 

Income from endowment and real estate, 21,341 66 

Earnings of Brethren Publishing House, 6,108 79 

Interest on bank account, 250 93 55,684 78 

Total receipts, : . .' $ 84,070 81 

Expenditures — 

Annual Meeting Committees, Account No. 13* $ 269 87 

Annuities, 16,573 69 

Publications, Account No., 5,536 56 

Brooklyn Mission, Account No. 16, 963 25 

General Expenses, Account No. 18, 3,717 44 

District Mission Work, Account No. 17, 10,590 00 

Scandinavian Churches, 2,380 02 

France Mission 2,303 83 

India Mission, 12,797 24 

China Mission, 757 15 

Graded Lessons Sunday-school Committee, 26 37 

Total expenditures $ 55,915 42 

Balance on hand for New Year, 28,155 39 

Balance $ 84,070 81 

*If detailed information is desired on any account, turn to the number of account 
corresponding to the numbers given along in the statement. 

2. India Fund. 

Receipts — 

Balance from last year, in orphan account, Hospital, etc., $ 2,937 38 

Donations reported thru the Visitor, $ 1,193 59 

Interest on India Endowment 114 80 

Special supports from Districts, Churches, etc., 6,150 00 

For Transmission, Account No., . . 1,003 33 

India Native Village donations, 35 50 

India Industrial donations, 195 56 

India Native Workers, Account No. 12, 1,737 18 

India Orphanage, 3,233 25 

India Widows' Home 99 65 

India Native Schools, 1,316 67 

India Missionary Children School, 5 00 

Transferred from World Wide Fund to Balance, 12,797 24 $ 27,881 47 

Total Receipts, $ 30,819 15 

Expenditures — 

General Work $ 5,804 03 

Support of Workers, 9,050 00 

Furlough account, 2,068 60 

Special sickness appropriation, 33 00 

Bungalow, Vuli 500 00 

Training Department 450 00 

Native Quarters, General and at Bulsar, 1,700 00 

Farmland, Vuli, 500 00 

Orphans Farmers, Vuli, 150 00 

India Native Schools, 1,316 67 

India Native Villages, 46 50 

Industrial Work 195 56 

Native Workers, 1,73/ 18 

Orphanage, 2,800 00 

Widows' Home, 147 65 

Transmission, 1,003 33 $ 27,002 52 

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Balances — 

India Missionary Children School, $ 5 00 

India Hospital, 2,047 93 

India Orphanage, 1,263 70 $ 3,316 63 

To balance, $ 30,319 15 

3. China Fund. 

Receipts — 

Donations reported in Missionary Visitor, $ 1,449 13 

North Dakota China Fund, 675 00 

Southwest Kansas, 600 00 

Metzger China Fund, 64 42 

Transmission to Individuals, -. 193 20 

Native Workers, 25 00 

China Orphanage, 14 20 

From World-Wide Fund to Balance Account, $ 757 15 

Total Receipts, $ 3,778 10 

Expenditures — 

Support Workers, $ 1,825 00 

Traveling Expenses, 479 65 

General Expense, 1,034 72 

Medical, Special, 206 33 

Transmission, 193 20 

Native Workers, 25 00 

Total Expenditures, $ 3,763 90 

Balance in China Orphanage account, 14 20 

To Balance, $ 3,778 10 

4. Church Extension. 

Receipts — 

Balance on hand from last year, $ 2,515 40 

Donations for the year, 12 40 

Received in payments on Church Loans: 

Hoyle, Oklahoma, '. $ 49 00 

Palestine, Arkansas, 325 00 

Fruita, Colorado, 240 00 

James River, North Dakota, 21 00 

Salem, North Dakota, Ill 00 

Williston, North Dakota, 40 00 

McClave, Colorado, 140 00 

Weiser, Idaho, 100 00 

Red River, Oklahoma, 100 00 

Chico, California, . ._ 100 00 

Christiansburg, Virginia, 70 00 

Tekoa, Washington, 100 00 

Rockford, Illinois, 57 17 

Fruitdale, Alabama, 12 00 

Total Payments, $. 1,465 17 

Total receipts, $ 3,992 97 

Overdrawn 147 03 

To Balance $ 41 40 

32 Annual Report 

Expenditures — 

Chico, California, $ 500 00 

Onekama, Michigan, 500 00 

McClave, Colorado, 700 00 

Prowers, Colorado, 300 00 

Newton, Kansas, 800 00 

Prairie Lake, Oklahoma, 340 00 

Bloom, Kansas, 800 00 

Saginaw, Texas, 200 00 

Total loans, $ 4,140 00 

The Fund- 
On Hand April 1, 1910, $ 10,912 88 

Donations for the year, 12 40 $ 10,925 28 

Amount Overdrawn, 147 03 

This Fund consists on April 1, 1911, of $ 11,072 31 

Unpaid loans to churches, 11,072 31 

5. Ministerial and Missionary Relief Fund. 

Receipts — 

Balance on hand at beginning of year, $ 7,173 21 

Donations, 5 46 

Earnings of Brethren Publishing House, 1,527 20 

Earnings of Gish Publishing Fund, 430 94 $ 9,136 81 

Expenditures — 

D. W. Stouder, Madison, Kansas, $ 180 00 

E. M. Sheets, Dresden, North Carolina, 60 00 

Henry Sheets, Scottville, North Carolina, 60 00 

Moses Cruea, Kansas City, Missouri, 120 00 

J. S. Mohler, Quinter, Kansas, 150 00 $ 570 00 

Balance on hand to New Year, $ 8,566 81 

6. Gish Testament Fund. 

Receipts — 

Balance on hand at beginning of the year, $ 504 27 

Income from Sales, 404 20 $ 908 47 

Expenditures — 

Edition of Gish Testaments, . . .' $ 567 30 

Balance to New Year, 341 17 

Balance 908 47 

7. Gish Publishing Fund. 

Receipts — 

Balance on hand at beginning of year, $ 662 56 

Income from sales of books to Publishing House, $ 47 76 

Income from Gish Estate 3,154 71 

Income from Sales of Books, 183 25 

Amount Overdrawn, 435 49 $ 3,821 21 

Total receipts, - $ 4,483 77 

Expenditures — 

Books published and purchased during year, $ 3,052 83 

Sister Gish's Annuity 1,000 00 

To Ministerial and Missionary Relief Fund 430 94 

Total Expenditures, $ 4,483 77 

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8. Special Funds. 

Africa — 

On hand at beginning of year, $ 64 SO 

Donations for the year, 8 75 $ 73 25 

Japan — 

On hand at beginning of year, $ 75 80 

Donations during year, 4 50 $ 80 30 

Philippines — 

On hand at beginning of year, no increase, $ 81 40 

Porto Rico — 

On hand at beginning of year, no increase, , $ 229 37 

China Famine — 
Receipts — 

Donations for the year, $ 311 25 

Expenditures — 

Forwarded to Relief Committee, $ 31 1 25 

Jerusalem — 

On hand at beginning of year, $ 5 00 

Donations for the year, 479 65 $ 484 65 

South America — 

On hand at beginning of year, $ 49 44 

Donations during year, .^ 6 00 $ 55 44 

Medical Missions — 

Donations for the year, $ 12 00 

New England — 

On hand at beginning of year, no increase, $ 155 00 

Southern Native White — 

On hand at beginning of year, no increase, $ 23 23 

Australia — 

On hand at beginning of year, no increase, $ 16 00 

Cuba Mission — 

On hand at beginning of year, ' $ 221 13 

Donations for the year 2 00 $ 223 13 

9. Interest Bearing Funds. Received During the Year. 

Receipts — 

Bills Receivable, loans paid, $ 75,137 33 

Denmark Poor Fund, interest 151 21 

World-Wide Endowment, paid in, 53,096 79 

Brethren Publishing House, paid over, ' 26,500 00 

Brethren Publishing House, bills receivable, 22,024 10 

Payments on Real Estate, 6,745 86 

Michigan Farm, 51 14 

Minnesota Farm, 9 00 

G. M. Endowment, : 50 00 

Mission Endowment, 500 00 

Brethren Publishing House, reserve, 500 00 

Overdrawn, 10,223 19 $194,988 62 

Expenditures — 

Bills Receivable, new loans, $127,400 00 

Publishing House, bills receivable, 12,686 00 

Earnings used by the Board, 14,000 00 

World-Wide Endowment, ; . . . 7,000 00 

Minnesota farm, 290 82 

Real Estate, 91 72 

Overdrawn, now paid back, 33,520 08 $194,988 62 

34 Annual Report 

10. Special Support Funds. 

California Sunday-Schools. 
Receipts — 

Balance from last year, $ 141 51 

Expenditures — 

Support Mrs. Jesse Emmert, $ 250 00 

Balance due the Board, $ 108 49 

Middle Pennsylvania Sunday- Schools. 
Receipts — 

Receipt No. 4489, $ 125 00 

Receipt No. 4851, 125 00 $ 250 00 

Expenditures — 

Support Jesse B. Emmert, $ 250 00 

Eastern Pennsylvania Sunday-Schools. 
Receipts — 

Receipt No. 4608, $ 125 00 

Receipt No. 4821, : 125 00 $ 250 00 

P^xpenditures — 

Support Kathryn Ziegler, 250 00 

Western Pennsylvania Sunday-Schools. 

Receipts — 

Receipt No. 4833, $ 250 00 

Expenditures — 

Support Ida C. Shumaker, $ 125 00 

Balance to New Year, , 125 00 

Pipe Creek Congregation, Maryland. 
Receipts — 

Balance from last year, $ 300 00 

Receipt No. 4984, 200 00 $ 500 00 

Expenditures — 

Support W. B. Stover, $ 350 00 

Balance to New Year, 150 00 

Quemahoning Congregation, Pennsylvania. 
Receipts — 

Balance from last year, $ 250 00 

Expenditures — 

Support Charles H. Brubaker, . 250 00 

Northwestern Ohio Sunday-Schools. 
Receipts — 

Receipt No. 4535, $ 250 00 

Receipt No. 4829, 250 00 $ 500 00 

Expenditures — 

Support Brother & Sister S. P. Berkebile, $ 500 00 

Nebraska Foreign Fund. 
Receipts — 

Receipt No. 4496, $ 31 50 

Receipt No. 4738, 5 25 

Receipt No. 4995 100 00 $ 136 75 

Expenditures — 

Balance due from last year, $ 3 81 

Support Josephine Powell & Ella M. Brubaker, 500 00 $ 503 81 

Balance due the Board, 367 06 

Annual Report 


McPherson Congregation, Kansas. 
Expenditures — 

Support Brother & Sister E. H. Eby, 

Balance due the Board, 

Botetourt Memorial Missionary Circle, Virginia. 

Receipts — 

Receipt No. 4802, . i 

Expenditures — 

Support Brother Ross & family, $ 

Transferred to Transmission Account, 

Mt. Morris College Mission Society, Illinois. 
Expenditures — 

Balance due from last year, $ 

Support D. J. Lichty, 

Balance due the Board, 

Mt. Morris Sunday-School, Illinois. 
Receipts — 

Receipt No. 5005, 

Expenditures — 

Support Sadie J. Miller, 

Second Virginia. 
Receipts — 

Balance from Old Ledger, ! 

Receipt No. 4797, 

Receipt No. 4834, 

Receipt No. 4848, 

Receipt No. 4853, 

Receipt No. 4876, 

Receipt No. 4901, 

Receipt No. 4943, 

Expenditures — 

Support Brother & Sister I. S. Long, 

Balance due the Board, 

Metzger China Fund. 
Receipts — 

Receipt No. 4713, ! 

Receipt No. 4742, 

Receipt No. 4837, , 

Expenditures — 

Advanced towards support of Minerva Metzger, 

Shade Creek Congregation, Pennsylvania 
Receipts — 

Receipt No. 4854, 

Expenditures — 

Support Sister J. M. Blough, 

Southern Ohio Sunday-Schools. 
Receipts — 

Receipt No. 4551, ! 

Receipt No. 4762, ' 

Expenditures — 

Support J. M. Pittenger, 

Antietam Congregation, Pennsylvania. 
Receipts — 

Receipt No. 4467, ! 

Receipt No. 4621, 

Receipt No. 4717, 

Receipt No. 4954 

625 00 

25 00 

125 00 
250 00 

500 00 
500 00 

$ 650 00 

$ 650 00 

$ 375 00 

81 43 
50 00 

5 00 
30 00 

5 75 
42 25 
50 00 
38 85 

21 50 
21 42 
21 50 

125 00 
125 00 

125 00 
150 15 
125 00 
150 00 

250 00 
250 00 

$ 303 28 

$ 500 00 
196 72 

64 42 
64 42 

250 00 

250 00 

250 00 

250 00 

$ 550 15 

36 Annual Report 

Expenditures — 

Balance due from last year $ 15 

Support Mary Quinter & Nora Lichty, 500 00 $ 500 00 

Balance to next year, 50 00 

Young People's Missionary & Temperance Society, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. 

Receipts — 

Receipt No. 4646, $ 150 00 

Expenditures — 

Balance due from last year, $ 149 92 $ 399 92 

Support J. M. Blough, 250 00 

Balance due the Board $ 249 92 

Northern Indiana Sunday-Schools. 
Receipts — 

Balance from last year, $ 464 00 

Receipt No. 4527, 30 00 

Receipt No. 4784, 175 00 

Receipt No. 4896, - 85 00 

Balance to New Year $ 754 00 

Southwest District, Kansas. 

Receipts — 

Receipt No. 4741, $ 250 00 

Expenditures — 

Support Brother & Sister F. H. Crumpacker, $ 600 00 

Balance due the Board, $ 350 00 

Southern Illinois Sunday-Schools. 
Receipts — 

Receipt No. 4533, $ 125 00 

Receipt No. 4845, 175 00 $ 300 00 

Expenditures — 

Support Eliza B. Miller, $ 300 00 

North Dakota China Fund. 
Receipts — 

Balance from last year, $ 

Receipt No. 4494 

Receipt No. 4552, 

Receipt No. 4585 

Receipt No. 4587 

Receipt No. 4586 

Receipt No. 4603 

Receipt No. 4680, 

Receipt No. 4723 

Receipt No. 4745, 

Receipt No. 4808 

Receipt No. 4822 

Receipt No. 4832 

Receipt No. 4973, 

Expenditures — 

Support G. W. Hilton & family, 

Balance to New Year 

1 1 . For Transmission. 

Receipt No. 4466, $ 5 48 Receipt No. 4814, 

Receipt No. 4505 ' 200 00 Receipt No. 4815, 

Receipt No. 4546 6 25 Receipt No. 4831, 

Receipt No. 4725, 33 00 Transfer-Special, 

Receipt No. 4726, 33 00 Receipt No. 4835, 

Receipt No. 4760 30 00 Receipt No. 4920, 

Receipt No. 4768, 10 00 Receipt No. 4923, 

Receipt No. 4811, 10 85 Receipt No. 4930, 

837 58 

8 00 

10 00 

25 00 

58 58 

12 50 

25 00 

1 00 

7 59 

13 00 

57 00 

205 01 

31 00 

28 30 


1,319 56 


675 00 


644 56 


20 00 

5 00 

25 00 

25 00 

5 00 

10 00 

10 00 

100 00 

Annual Report 


Receipt No. 4931, 

Receipt No. 4942, 

Receipt No. 4948, 

Receipt No. 4960, 

8 00 

10 00 

S 20 

1 55 

Receipt No. 5000, 
Transfer, Special, 

200 00 

250 00 

Total Receipts, $ 1,003 33 

12. India Native Workers. 

Receipt No. 
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50 00 

12 50 

25 00 

50 00 

12 50 

10 50 

12 50 

30 00 

12 30 

25 00 

25 00 

9 00 

17 65 

25 00 

50 00 
1€ 00 
30 00 
25 00 
12 50 
25 00 
50 00 
25 00 
12 50 
12 50 
27 29 
14 75 
25 00 
7 50 
12 50 
16 25 
25 00 

11 25 

12 50 
25 00 
12 50 

Receipt No. 4754, 
Receipt No. 4764, 
Receipt No. 4766, 
Receipt No. 4770, 
Receipt No. 4779, 
Receipt No. 4790, 
Receipt No. 4793, 
Receipt No. 4839, 
Receipt No. 4859, 
Receipt No. 4863, 
Receipt No. 4868, 
Receipt No. 4881, 
Receipt No. 4883, 
Receipt No. 4884, 
Receipt No. 4886, 
Receipt No. 4893, 
Receipt No. 4894, 
Receipt No. 4921, 
Receipt No. 4922, 
Receipt No. 4927, 
Receipt No. 4932, 
Receipt No. 4938, 
Receipt No. 4941, 
Receipt No. 4942, 
Receipt No. 4944, 
Receipt No. 4947, 
Receipt No. 4949, 
Receipt No. 4959, 
Receipt No. 4971, 
Receipt No. 4983, 
Receipt No. 4989, 
Receipt No. 4993, 
Receipt No. 4998, 
Receipt No. 5004, 

6 12 50 

50 00 

11 25 

12 50 

30 00 

12 50 

12 50 

25 00 

50 00 

12 50 

12 50 

25 00 

100 00 

12 50 

7 84 

50 00 

5 00 

23 25 

60 00 

50 00 

40 00 

12 50 


5 00 

50 00 

12 50 

25 00 

40 25 

60 00 

25 00 

13 23 

50 00 

13 60 

25 00 

Total Receipts, $ 1,737 18 

13. Annual Meeting Committees. 


Tract Examining Committee, 

Sunday-School Advisory Committee, 

14. Brooklyn Mission. 

English Mission, 
Italian Mission, 

15. Building and Grounds. 

Taxes on Property, 


Repairs, Boiler Grates, and improvements, 

148 50 
42 00 
79 37 

720 00 

240 00 

3 25 

1,665 83 
528 71 
671 57 

$ 269 87 

$ 963 21 

$ 2,866 11 

16. Publication Account. 

Books & Tracts, $ 640 72 

Rebate on Endowment, 385 92 

Missionary Gospel Messengers, 1,530 28 

Annual Report (Less $5.00 donation), 407 30 

Missionary Visitor, 2,572 34 

$ 5,536 56 


Annual Report 

17. District Mission Work. 

Arkansas, . 

California, Northern, , 

California, Southern, 

Carolina, North, 

Colorado, Western 

Iowa, Southern, 

Kansas, Northwestern, & Northeastern Colorado, 

Kansas, Southeastern, , 

Missouri, Northern, 

Missouri, Middle, 

Missouri, Southern, , 

Maryland, Eastern, 



Ohio, Northwestern, , 


Oregon, Washington & Idaho, , 

Texas & Louisiana, 

1,000 00 

300 00 

400 00 

200 00 

200 00 

200 00 

1,600 00 

250 00 

600 00 

600 00 

540 00 

500 00 

300 00 

1,000 00 

400 00 

800 00 

900 00 . 

800 00 $ 10,590 00 

18. General Expense. 

Board's Traveling Expenses, $ 206 23 

Salaries, 2,410 00 

Postage, 279 40 

Traveling Secretaries, 537 01 

Graded Lesson Sunday-School Committee, 26 37 

Treasurer's Bond, 70 00 

Stationery and sundry supplies, 226 00 $ 3,755 01 

19. Donations to Endowment. 

The number preceding the amount is the number of receipt sent to the donor. 

Indiana — 


$ 3,000 00 


5,000 00 

6,000 00 

500 00 

100 00 

100 00 

500 00 

1,000 00 

3,000 00 

100 00 

1,000 00 

Pennsylvania — 

4543, $ 500 00 

4629, 500 00 

4820, 25 00 

4825, 200 00 

4867, 1,000 00 

4992, 2,000 00 

5000, 1,200 00 

$ 5,425 00 

Iowa — 

4473, $ 200 00 

4787, 500 00 

4792, 150 00 

4823, 3,800 00 

5006, 40 00 

$20,330 00 

Michigan — 

4968, .. 
4976, .. 

4,000 00 
100 00 

$ 4,100 00 

Illinois — 

4502, $ 50 00 

4536, 1,295 49 

4669, 300 00 

4674, 100 00 

4757, 50 00 

4800, 1,000 00 

Transfer Slifer 

Est., 750 00 

$ 4,690 00 




.$ 1,000 00 

317 30 
500 00 

$ 817 30 

$ 3,545 49 

Annual Report 39 

Ohio — Colorado — 

4477, $ 1,500 00 4888, $ 660 00 

4506, 300 00 

4510, 500 00 

4618, 50 00 Missouri, 

4828, 50 00 4644, '...'.$ 200 00 

4885, 25 00 

$ 2,425 00 California— 

4478, $ 20 00 

4538, 25 00 

Kansas— $ 45 0C 

4773, $ 1,734 00 

Idaho — 

Virginia— 4817, $ 25 00 

4652, $ 100 00 

4816, 100 00 

4836, 500 00 

4956, * 100 00 

4957, 200 00 

4977, 100 00 

$ 1,100 00 

Total donated to World-Wide Endowment, for year, $ 46,096 79 

Balance on hand at beginning of year, 514,778 16 

Total World-Wide Endowment, $560,874 95 

Annuity Mission Fund — 

Receipt No. 4702, Ohio, $ 500 00' 

Balance from last year, 1,500 00 $ 2,000 00 

India Endowment — 

Balance from last year, $ 2,050 00 

Gish Estate- 
Balance from last year, $ 56,334 12 

Total Endowment $621,259 07 

20. Endowment by States. 

Illinois $169,972 84 

Indiana, 88,076 87 

Pennsylvania, 78,996 36 

Ohio, 75,790 52 

Iowa 60,660 00 

California, 46,281 58 

Nebraska, 29,960 00 

Maryland, 18,696 83 

Kansas, : 18,278 16 

Virginia, 15,754 50 

Missouri, 7,493 00 

Michigan, ' 5,220 00 

Oregon, 1,000 00 

Colorado 660 00 

Arizona, 500 00 

West Virginia, 288 00 

Idaho, 55 00 

Oklahoma 45 00 

District of Columbia, 22 50 

North Dakota, 20 00 

Alabama, ." 7 50 

Unclassified, . 1,430 41 

India Endowment 2,050 00 

Total Endowment, ■ • $621,259 07 

40 Annual Report 

21. Gospel Messenger Endowment. 

Balance from last year, $ 1,975 00 

Receipt No. 4849, West Virginia, 25 00 

Receipt No. 4850, West Virginia, 25 00 $ 2,025 00 

22. Assets. 

Cash on hand, $ 30,632 04 

Bills Receivable, secured by mortgages, . 506,913 67 

Brethren Publishing House, 130,000 00 

Brethren Publishing House, bills receivable, 14,261 13 

Church Extension, bills receivable, 11,072 31 

Real Estate 15,735 16 

Total assets, March 31, 1911, $708,614 31 

Total assets, March 31, 1910, 662,695 70 

Total increase, $45,918 61" 


Cash, $ 30,632 04 


Fund $28,155 39 

Mission Study, $ 132 09 

Sundries 282 25 

(Cash $27,741 05.) 


Church Extension Fund, $ 10,925 28 

Church Extension Bills Receivable, $ 11,072 31 

(Overdrawn $147 03.) 


Mission Children School, $ 5 00 

India Hospital, 2,047 93 

Orphanage, 1,263 70 

(Cash $3,316 63.) 


China Orphanage, $ 14 20 

Africa, 73 25 

Japan, 80 30 

Philippines, 8T" 40 

Porto Rico, 229 37 

Jerusalem, 484 65 

South America 55 44 

Medical Missions 12 00 

New England Mission, 155 00 

South Native White 23 23 

Australia, • 16 00 

Cuba Mission, ' 223 13 

(Cash $1,447 97.) 


Colored Mission, $ 50 00 

Colored Industrial 397 75 

Gish Testament, 341 17 

Ministerial & Missionary Relief, 8,566 81 

Gish Publishing Fund $ 435 49 

(Cash $8,920 24.) 


125 00 
150 00 

367 06 

500 00 

375 00 

196 72 

Annual Report 41 


California Sunday-Schools, $ 108 49 

Western Pennsylvania Sunday-Schools, 

Pipe Creek Congregation, Maryland, 


McPherson Congregation, 

Mt. Morris Missionary Society, 

Second Virginia, 

Antietam Congregation, Pennsylvania, 50 00 

Y. P. Missionary & Temperance Ass'n., Huntingdon, Pa. 249 92 

Northern Indiana Sunday-Schools, 754 00 

Southwestern District, Kansas, 350 00 

North Dakota, 644 56 

(Overdrawn $423 63.) 


Denmark Poor $ 2,851 56 

Gospel Messenger Endowment, 2,025 00 

India Endowment, 2,050 00 

Mission Endowment, . . . . 2,000 00 

Brethren Publishing House, Reserve, 30,500 00 

Brethren Publishing House, Investment, $130,000 00 

Brethren Publishing House, Bills Receivable, 14,261 13 

Endowment, Bills Receivable, 506,913 67 

World-Wide Endowment, 560,874 95 

Michigan Farm, 51 14 

Real Estate, * 15,735 16 

Gish Estate 56,334 12 

(Cash Overdrawn $10,223 19.) 


World-Wide $ 27,741 05 

Church Extension, $ 147 03 

India 3,316 63 

Special Missions, 1,447 97 

Miscellaneous, 8,920 24 

Special Supports, 423 63 

Interest Bearing, Overdrawn, 10,223 19 

Cash on hand, 30,632 04 

$ 41,425 89 $ 41,425 89 


Resources — 

Office Fixtures, $ 2,149.75 

Machinery, 64,867.85 

Outfit, 13,084.02 

Old Ledger, '07, 44.88 

Old Ledger, '08, 72.92 

Old Ledger, '09, : 65.45 

Accounts Receivable, 12,772.03 

Merchandise, 12,733.18 

Gospel Messenger, 275.00 

Inglenook, " 190.00 

Our Young People, " 25.00 

Sunday-school Papers 30.00 

Quarterlies, 120.00 

Job, 18,040.24 

Teachers' Monthly, 35.00 

Book Store, 2,470.44 

Cash on Hand, 5,216.87 

Total, $132,192.63 

£2 Annual Report 

Liabilities — 

Gospel Messenger, $ 21,159.62 

Inglenook, 3,453.94 

Our Young People, 2,037.57 

Sunday-school Papers, 1,709.80 

Quarterlies, 29.99 

Teachers' Monthly, 1,164 41 

G. M. Poor Fund, 455 07 

Capital Stock, 102,182.23 

Total, $132,192.63 


Through Brother and Sister James R. Gish this Fund was founded. The following 
statistics in a small measure outline the scope of its usefulness. The influence exerted 
by these books on the ministry of our church and in turn to the laity cannot be told. 
The whole church must thank our dear brother and sister for their liberality. 

The following rules govern the fund: 

Section 1. Name. — The name of this fund shall be the Gish Publishing Fund. 

Section 2. Fund. — This fund shall consist of the estate of James R. and Barbara 
Gish; estimated value, $50,000; with any other funds that may hereafter be added to 

Section 3. Purpose. — The purpose of this fund shall be to supply the ministers of 
the Church of the Brethren with such books and other printed matter as may be helpful 
to them in advancing and maintaining the Truth. 

Section 4. Supervision. — The General Mission Board shall appoint a committee of 
three, so arranged in term of office that the time of one member expires each year, 
whose duty it shall be 

(a) To examine and pass upon publications issued and distributed by this fund. 

(b) To arrange with the Publication Department for publication and distribution 
of publications selected. 

Section 5. Surplus. — Any surplus on hand at the end of the fiscal year of the 
General Mission Board shall, after proper allowance has been made for selected books 
not yet published, be turned over to the fund for superannuated and disabled ministers 
and missionaries: but should it not be needed in said fund, then it shall be given to 
the World-wide Mission Fund. 

Section 6. Terms. — The publications shall be distributed free or at greatly reduced 
rates, at ho time the price asked being more than the cost of publication, including the 
expense for delivery. 

Section 7. Report. — The General Mission Board shall cause to be published an 
annual report of the fund, including the list of books published and the number of 
copies distributed each year. 


Previously Sent Out Dur- Total to 

Reported ing 1910 Date 

tAlone With -God 1,741 124 1,865 

Bible Dictionary : 1,569 130 1,699 

Bible Manners and Customs, 1,649 102 1,751 

Bible Readings and Bible Studies, 452 365 817 

Bible Atlas, 1,045 79 1,124 

Book of Books, 1,992 94 2,086 

*Bound Tracts, 2,499 2,499 

Doctrine of the Brethren Defended, 1,089 96 1,185 

♦Bulwarks of the Faith, 703 703 

Cruden's Concordance, 1,443 121 1,564 

*Divinity of Christ, 3,000 3,000 

Eternal Verities 2,267 106 2,373 

How to Master the English Bible, 1,061 126 1,187 

History of the Brethren 961 110 1,071 

*Life of John Kline 1,145 1,145 

Annual Report 

Edersheim's Life of Christ, 2 Vol., 1,269 

Lord's Supper, 3,000 

Modern Secret Societies, 2,142 

Problems of Pulpit and Platform, 918 

*Resurrection of Christ, 1,000 

Seven Churches of Asia, 968 

Sick, Dying and Dead, 1,159 

*Square Talk about Inspiration of the Bible, 2,485 

*Sunday-School Commentary, 8,937 

fSchaff's History of the Christian Church, 

Volume I, 442 

Schaff's History of the Christian Church, 

Volume II, 152 

Teacher Training with Master Teacher, . . . 970 

The Twelve Apostles, 1,257 

*Topical Bible, 688 

Topical Text Book, 1,462 

Trine Immersion, 2,301 

Universalism, 964 

Young Preacher, 1,413 

















Totals, 54,143 

* No longer distributed by the fund, 
t To be taken off the list April 1, 1912. 


To some, at least, as this fund grows in usefulness a short history as set forth in 
the following table, will be of interest: 

Fear ending 

iAm\Ount expended Amount passed to Committee's 

Members of Com- 

March 31. 

in books. 

Min. and Miss. 
Relief Fund. 



f L. T. Holsinger 


$ 400 00 

-j A. H. Puterbaugh 
[J. H. Moore 


1,544 83 

$ 500 00 

$ 9 40 

Same as above 


3,407 34 

50 00 

u a it 


1,987 11 

1,241 27 

16 95 

<« tt <« 

f L. T. Holsinger 
-{ J. E. Miller 


4,145 19 

981 49 

14 00 

[J. H. Moore 


2,572 32 

827 55 

8 95 

Same as above 
\ L. T. Holsinger 


2,354 63 

512 80 

3 42 

{ J. E. Miller 
[J. W. Wayland 

f Grant Mahan 1909 


1,702 39 

772 91 

45 43 

-1 J. E. Miller 1910 
[J. W. Wayland 1908 


2,667 72 

530 33 

49 55 

Same as above 


3,459 75 

681 91 . 

\ J. W. Wayland 1908 


829 79 

472 42 

\ J. E. Miller 1910 

[J. H.B.Williams 1912 

f J. E. Miller 1910 


2,489 24 

456 85 

8 60 

\ J. H. B. Williams 1912 

[I. B. Trout 1913 

f J. H.B.Williams 1912 


3,049 41 

430 94 

3 42 

\ I. B. Trout 1913 
[J. E. Miller 1914 


$30,609 72 

$7,408 47 

$210 27 

The terms of the Fund provide that twenty per cent of each year's income be 
passed to the Ministerial and Missionary Relief Fund. During the year just closed the 
Complete Annual Meeting Minutes, a compilation of the proceedings of Annual 
Meeting as far back as it is possible to obtain them, was placed on the list. From a 
historical standpoint this book is valuable. 

At the beginning of the new year three books were placed on the list, namely. 

44 Annual Report 

Vol. VI. Schaff's History, supplied to our ministers for 88 cents; Blaikie's Bible 
History, supplied at 30 cents, and Funk's War vs. Peace, supplied at 15 cents. These 
books will be especially helpful to our ministry. 

Any minister of the Church of the Brethren, upon application to the Brethren 
Publishing House, can secure a complete list of the books sent out under this fund, 
along with the terms. In some cases only the postage and packing are charged, while 
in others he is expected to bear part of the expense of the books. So far the ad- 
ministration of the Fund has cost but one cent for every $1.44 expended in books. 

List of books on the fund April 1, 1911, that are for distribution: 

Regular To 

Price Ministers 

Alone with God. By J. H. Garrison, $ 75 $0 10 

Bible Atlas. By J. L. Hurlbut, 2 75 60 

Bible Dictionary. By Smith and Peloubet, 2 00 25 

Bible Manners and Customs. By C. M. Mackie 1 00 12 

Bible Readings and Bible Studies. By I. J. Rosenberger, 35 10 

Book of Books. By James M. Gray, 85 12 

Brethren Defended. By R. H. Miller, 75 14 

Cruden's Concordance, 1 00 30 

Eternal Verities. By D. L. Miller, 1 25 19 

How to Master the English Bible. By J. M. Gray, 50 08 

History of the Brethren. By M. G. Brumbaugh, 2 00 48 

Edersheim's Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah, Vol. 2 2 00 69 

Lord's Supper. By D. B. Gibson, 35 10 

Modern Secret Societies. By Chas. A. Blanchard 75 10 

Problems of the Pulpit. By D. D. Culler, 75 12 

Seven Churches of Asia. By D. L. Miller, " 75 14 

Sick, Dying and Dead. By J. G. Royer, 40 07 

Schaff's History of the Christian Church, Vol. I, 4 00 88 

Schaff's History of the Christian Church, Vol. II, 4 00 88 

Teacher Training with the Master Teacher. By C. S. Beardslee, ... 55 09 

The Twelve Apostles. By J. W. Wayland 75 12 

Topical Text Book. By R. A. Torrey, 30 12 

Trine Immersion. By James Quinter, 90 15 

Universalism Against Itself, 75 15 

Young Preacher, The. By Theo. L. Cuyler 50 10 

Annual Meeting Minutes, 1 30 28 


We, the undersigned committee, appointed by Annual Meeting to audit the books 
and accounts of the General Mission Board and Publishing House of the Church of 
the Brethren, beg to submit the following report: 

We verified all the additions in the various account books and checked the posting 
to the ledger and verified the results of the financial statements herewith submitted, 
and found the same to be correct. 

We found vouchers for all items expended, examined the securities and found 
the amounts as herewith reported. 

All records have been carefully made and explanations properly accounted for. 
Dated this Twenty-ninth day of April, A. D. 1911. 

f R. E. Burger, 
Committee •{ L. R. Peifer. 
[ Calvin Ulrey 

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No. 7 

fDO devoutly declare that a great, zvide- 
spread, universal revival zvoidd be the in- 
stantaneous and all-satisfying solution of 
all our difficulties at home and abroad! Oh, 
then, for such a revival! How long, Lo'-d, how 
long? When wilt Thou rend Thy heavens 1 and 
come down? When will the stream descend? 
These and such like are our daily aspirations. 
Wc are like the hart, thirsting, panting, praying 
for the water brooks. We feel intensely that it 
is not argument, or discussion, or controversy 
that will ever win or convert a single soul to 
God; that it is the Spirit's grace which alone can 
effectuate this; and it is in answer to believing, 
persevering, importunate prayer that the Spirit 
usually descends with his awakening, convicting 
and converting influence. Our weapon, there- 
fore, is more than ever the Word of God, and 
the arm that wields it Prayer. 



Contents for July, 1911 



Brief History of the Kansas City Church, Kansas, By Eld. I. H. Crist and 

Wife 198 

Extension No. 2, Chicago, 111.— Ogden, By Nora E. Holsinger 200 

Pittsburg Church of the Brethren, By M. J. Weaver, 204 

South Los Angeles Church, 207 

Ahwa, India, By Florence Baker Pittenger 210 


Editorials 211 

Poems, Exercises for Boys and Girls, etc., 212, 213-216, 218 

Scripture Temperance Reading, 213 

A Parable 216 

Thesus— A Parable (poem), By J. O. Barnhart, 217 


For the Bairns, By E. Moulton, 224 


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Number 7 


H. Grattan Guinness 

Thou beloved and lovely One of God, 
Whom I have learned to love, from whom 

so long 

1 wandered in the night of misery 

And sin, but to whose dear and bleeding 

Drawn by the cords of love, my soul has 

To stay and rest forever; fain would I 
Lift up to Thee the voice of gratitude, 
And sing Thy matchless worth, whose glo- 
rious praise 
Sounds from the lips and harps of heavenly 

And fills the unmeasured universe of God 
With solemn, sweet, and ceaseless harmony. 
Thy name is " Wonderful " — Thy Person is 
The Mystery of Mysteries! The Word 
Of God incarnate — the Eternal One 
In time's low tabernacle — He who is 
The Infinite, revealed in finite frame — 
The Unchangeable, inhabiting a form 
That grew from feeble infancy to strength, 
And stooped from life to death, and then 

From death to life eternal! God and Man 
United in one Person evermore, 
World without end. Within Thee, treasured 

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Lie hidden all the riches of all grace, 

And light, and life, and love, and joy, and 

Wisdom and beauty, power, righteousness, 
And glory, mingling in a sea of infinite 
And everlasting fulness. From Thee flow, 
As from a fountain inexhaustible, 
All streams of blessing and of sweetness, 

Make glad the Holy City of our God, 
And fill the heavens with everlasting praise! 

There's none 
To be compared with Thee, the chiefest of 
Ten thousand, and the Altogether Fair. 
All glories find, their meeting-place in Thee! 
Thou art the great Creator of all seen 
And unseen things— the myriad worlds of 

Upheld by Thine omnipotence, revolve 
And safely travel in their trackless course. 
Creation's starry empire is Thine own, 

Thou Heir of all things, the First Born, 

First Risen, 
First Glorified, art Thou! Redeemed by 

Is that vast multitude before the throne, 
Gathered from every age, and clime, and 

And of that blood-bought host Thou art the 

A name hast Thou, above all other names; 
A crown above all other crowns; a throne 
Above all other thrones, that shall endure 
Throughout the ages of eternity. 
Thou of the great invisible " I Am," 
Art the full revelation — In Thee shines 
The brightness of the glory of His face, 
The image of His person. 

Yet, O Christ, 
Thou art all meek and lowly — like a lamb 
In gentleness, and like a little child 
In Thy humility — the meek and lowly One 
Who never broke a bruised reed, nor 

The smoking flax, nor turned away from 

Or poverty, from feebleness or woe, 
W r hen such have sought Thee; no! but to 

Thine arms 
Hast bid them welcome; with Thy tender 

Hast healed their sore diseases and bound 

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Their broken hearts, and wiped their tears 

And Thou art still the same, no shadows 

Across the light of Thy pure holiness, 
No storms disturb the calm of Thy deep 

No age exhausts the ocean of Thy love, 
The same for ever! Yes, tlie same to me 
Today as when at first my wondering eye 
Beheld by faith Thy glory; and the same 
This day to all who seek Thee, as Thou 

To the poor outcast woman who of old 
Embraced Thy feet, and washed them with 

her tears, 
And loved Thee much, for she was much 



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O Thou beloved and lovely One! what 

Can speak Thy worth? What words can 

ever tell 
All that Thou art, since Thou art all in all? 
Dear bleeding Lamb! Blest Fountain where 

I cleanse 
My sin-stained soul! O River of my peace, 
Rock of my rest, .Shelter from every storm, 
Light of my darkness, Joy of my distress, 
Balm of my wounded spirit; Morning Star 
Of all my future! Crown of all my hopes! 
O Day-Spring from on high, whose early 

Has beamed upon me, banishing my night 
With dawn of glory! Sun of righteousness! 
Rise, O for ever rise! for ever shine 

Brighter and brighter! From all weeping 

Remove all tears, and over all Thy saints, 
And over earth and heaven, and o'er the 

Of utmost time, and o'er the boundless 

Of all eternity, pour out the light, 
The flood, the sea of glory — the full sea 
Of all Thy glory inexhaustible, 
Pour out for ever, and for evermore! 
And o'er the earth renewed, and azure 

Unshadowed, and the realms of endless 

Spread the high noon-tide of the hallowed 

Of God — the Sabbath of eternity! 


HE General Mission 
Board asked the writ- 
er to investigate the 
conditions a t this 
place, hold a series of 
meetings and report 
results and prospects. 
This beginning was 
in December, 1888, 
when there were only 
two members in the 
entire city. We held sixteen meetings 
with a good interest, closing with a love 
feast, sixteen members coming from the 
Olathe church. 

During 1889 and 1890 we used a large 
room in a schoolhouse, buying furniture 
with donations made by the people in 
that part of the city. During those two 
years I came from Gardner, Kans., one 
trip each month, preaching three sermons 
each trip. In August, 1890, we had the 
first baptism. During those two years I 
made twenty-three trips, spent thirty- 
eight days and preached sixty-nine ser- 
mons, with one baptism, one reclaimed, 
receiving three by letter, one of them 
locating in Kansas City, Mo. By an 
agreement between the churches of 

Olathe, Kans., and Centerview, Mo., we 
cared for the members in the combined 
Kansas City. 

In 1891 we moved into a vacant store 
building and used it for two years. Dur- 
ing this time I made twenty-five trips, 

Elder X. H. Crist. 


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First Church of the Brethren, Kansas City, Kansas. 

spent forty-nine days, and preached fifty- 
five times, with two baptisms. 

In 1894 our building was sold, when 
we moved into another store building 
and used it a little over two years. Dur- 
ing this time I made thirty-five trips, 
spent forty-four days, preached sixty- 
seven times, with five baptisms. In 
March, 1896, the Kansas City church was 
organized. The writer was chosen eld- 
er, with Jacob Brugh minister in the first 
degree, at which time Bro. Brugh was 
advanced to the second degree, Wm. 
Gerber elected to the ministry and D. G. 
Sell deacon. During 1897 we moved and 
occupied a third store building until 
April, 1898, when we moved into our 
meetinghouse on Central Avenue. 

During the two years closing with 
1898 I made forty trips, spent sixty-one 
days, preached ninety-seven times, and 
baptized twelve. During the close of 
1898 we moved to the city and remained 
nearly three years, which will be includ- 
ed in the summary of our work. In 
1904 I made forty-nine trips, spent fifty- 

nine days, preached ninety-eight times 
and had six baptisms. 

In 1905 we had as pastor James M. 
Neff. In that year I made twelve trips 
(time sixteen days), preached twelve 
times and there were thirty-eight bap- 
tized. In September, 1905, we opened 
our South Side Mission in a store build- 
ing - , and since Northeastern Kansas 
bought a church building, the work in 
the mission has been very successful and 
prospects are bright. The work at the 
mission is not supported by the Mission 
Board. It is under their control and 
supported by freewill offerings. 

Six years ago we were returned to 
the city and wife and I have devoted all 
our time to the work. Two years we di- 
vided our time with the Board of Middle 
Missouri, giving Kansas City, Mo., part 
of our time. • Our first work was visiting 
and preaching one time each week in a 
hotel parlor. We then bought a lot, 
built a basement and used it one year, 
with good results. Since then the house 
has been completed, a good parsonage 


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built, the church organized, and Jan. 1, 
1910, Elder G. W. Lentz was placed in 
charge of the work on the Missouri side. 
The first Church of the Brethren in Kan- 
sas City, Missouri, has about ninety 
members. The church in Kansas City, 
Kans., has about 160 members, fifty-six 
of them living on the south side and be- 
longing to the mission. 

During the time I lived on the farm I 
made 162 trips. Total time given to the 
work, ten years. We held 417 prayer 
services in homes, visited over 1,500 
homes, preached 124 funerals. Sermons, 

1,327. We held seventy-six councils, 
attended 604 Sunday-schools, and 805 
prayer meetings. Held thirty-eight love 
feasts ; 350 church letters were granted ; 
223 have been baptized. Much might 
lie written about our joys and sorrows, 
but we feel to thank the Lord for all 
that resulted to His glory. While we feel 
that our time of service is nearly over 
our prayer is for consecrated successors 
that more and better work may be done. 

I. H. Crist and Wife, 
J2 N. Ferrcc St., Kansas City, Kans. 



Nora E. Holsinger 

E are located on Cali- 
fornia Avenue, near 
Sixteenth Street, just 
east of Douglas Park. 
However, this was 
not the place of wor- 
ship at the beginning 
of our mission. The 
work was opened un- 
der the direction of 
] the Sunday - school 
Extension Committee and has been un- 
der its control through all its different 
stages. The aim of this Board is to 
open and sustain new Sunday-schools in 
the city as the Lord directs, so a store- 
room was rented on Ogden Avenue, west 
of the park, and a Sunday-school started 
with a few children, not more than a 
dozen. We had a very small beginning. 
For a while the outlook did not seem 
very hopeful. Near us was a strong 
Catholic church, the largest in the city, 
and that gave us a Catholic neighbor- 
hood, which means a hard people to lead 
to anything else. Many times, as the 
workers canvassed the neighborhood 

from door to door, trying to find the 
children who were not in Sunday-school, 
were the doors closed in their faces with- 
out a word of encouragement. Upon 
one occasion does the writer remember, 
after making her mission known, the 
only answer she received was, " Are you 
crazy? I can attend to my own busi- 
ness." So you can see by this that it 
was not an easy matter to build a Sun- 
day-school among people of that religion. 
How we did long to give them something 
better than they had, but they would not ; 
yet for two years our Sunday-school 
lived and grew in their midst. 

I want to tell you what brought about 
the change of location, but before doing 
so will give you a history of the place 
and people among whom we are now 
working. It is just on the other side of 
the park, but there is a marked differ- 
ence in the people, which has so much 
to do with our work. They are mostly 
foreigners of the type who have been 
here long enough to become American- 
ized, and as a result are open for new 
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if we succeed in convincing them of the 
real truth. Let me say right here, that 
they are looking for true Christianity, 
and if we live consistently and do our 
part, we feel that the Lord is going to 
give us much fruit. 

We have quite a mixture of nation- 
alities, namely, Germans, Bohemians, 
Poles, a few Danes, and Americans, and 
it is the blending of these and getting 
them to work in harmony that is going 
to give us our greatest difficulty. A 
jealous feeling exists among them, but 

them. This makes religion very cold and 
formal to them, which accounts for the 
inactive state in which we find them. It 
is with the children of such parentage 
that we are doing our greatest work and 
upon whom we depend. They are the 
ones who have staid with us from the be- 
ginning until now. 

Our neighborhood is sort of a nook of 
itself, hemmed in by several large rail- 
roads, and the park. There are no large 
churches to work against, which is in 
our favor. The field was opened through 

The New Extension Building'. 

we are glad that through Christ all these 
hard problems can be overcome, and it 
is in Him that we trust, for He has al- 
ready proved Himself to us so often. 

We find as we come in touch with the 
people that if they make a profession it 
is largely Lutheran or Catholic, and yet 
by far the majority have lost faith in all 
churches, hence are living an indifferent 
life. They believe in God and His pun- 
ishments, but lose sight of the many 
blessings that come to one who serves 
Christ. In fact, Jesus as the Christ, the 
Anointed One,, and our personal Friend 
and Savior, is not conceived by any of 

the personal work of a student of Beth- 
any Bible School. He was an active 
brother, anxious to do something for his 
Lord, and so made a canvass of this 
part of the city, going to the mothers, 
asking them to send their children to 
Sunday-school. He found some willing, 
some indifferent, others emphatically re- 
fusing, but he promised to call the next 
Sunday for the children, and by going 
early and working hard succeeded in 
taking forty-seven the first morning. 
This he did many Sunday mornings, arid 
the mothers often speak of him and tell 
us how he would take the children out 


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The Sunday-school. 

of bed, help dress them, take a shoe to 
the shoemaker to be mended before the 
child could go, and then go out where 
the boys were playing ball, help them fin- 
ish their game, and then say, " Come on, 
boys, it is time to go to Sunday-school." 
The boys would drop their ball and bat 
and go with him, and that is the begin- 
ning of our work here in this immediate 

Do not think it has been without any 
opposition. For a while we had to have 
police protection for the children as they 
came and went through the park, as 
there were some who had banded them- 
selves together to prevent the children 
from going to Sunday-school by throw- 
ing stones at them. Then, too, there were 
those who tried to discourage the moth- 
ers, especially after we began to call in 
the homes. Of course they did not un- 
derstand our work, and placed us with 
the Catholic sisters, who never call unless 
it is for a donation. These things we 
have learned since and know now why 
we often received a cold reception. Many 
times if we had allowed feeling to guide, 
we would not have called again, but then 
we remembered how our Savior was re- 
jected by His own people, and that, if 

we want to serve Him we must be bold, 
and as long as the door is open, enter, 
and let Him take care of results. I have 
often been impressed so much with the 
way the Lord opened channels of work 
for us, and upon investigation found He 
had been working long before we began. 
That is the most encouraging phase of 
our work. We feel so strongly His pres- 
ence and blessing in what we are doing. 

Our avenues of work are : The Sunday- 
school, out of which have grown indus- 
trial classes for boys and girl§ ; Christian 
Workers' Meeting, and preaching serv- 
ices. Then, in connection with this, we 
have Mothers' Meeting and- Ladies' Aid 
Society. Both of these have helped us 
to get in close touch with the mothers. 
This is necessary, if we want to -hold the 
children. We must win the parents to 
that degree that they will see it is best 
to let the children stay with us. Most 
every mother will have her baby chris- 
tened, and, when it is twelve years old, 
confirmed. She feels her duty done when 
it is that far. This leaves a large field 
and opportunity for us. 

Now, in all of our work, we are con- 
stantly trying to give the people some- 
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not take one thing away from them if 
we could not give them something better 
to take its place. We use every oppor- 
tunity and make opportunities to get in 
close touch with the people, first to win 
them for our friends, and then gradu- 
ally to lead them into the light so they 
can comprehend it. It is a slow work, 
but I believe we have accomplished more 
than we are able to realize. Many eyes 
are looking our way, and many have said 
they thought there was no true Christian- 
ity until they met us. While some express 
themselves this way, others work in their 
own church as they never did before; 
and still others openly oppose us, which 
we take as a strong evidence that the 
Lord's Spirit is working. 

The great blessing, which is going to 
mean so much to our work, is in our own 
place of worship. We feel that it just 
places us in position to do definite work. 
Heretofore we were tilling the soil ; now 
we are ready to plant the seed, and 
want in time to do the reaping. The 
work which is of a steady growth is the 
most enduring. I never count very much 
on a sudden increase, as a sifting usually 
follows. That which is going to tell for 

the most in our work is not the kind of 
people we reach, but what we make out 
of them. 

The Lord has given us some very 
faithful workers. One sister, who was 
our first convert, gives all her time to 
the work, except what she necessarily 
must put in her home. At the present 
time she is taking kindergarten and nurs- 
ery training, as we want to open that 
line of work next winter. She also visits 
in the homes and tells what it has meant 
to her life to come in touch with Christ. 
I wish it were possible for you to enter 
into her life with me and see just what 
it has done for her. She had almost de- 
spaired of life, and felt there was no 
place for her in the world ; often longed 
for death, thinking it would be a relief 
to her. Now she is so happy and cheerful, 
does all she can to make others happy, 
and the greatest desire of her life is to 
lead others into the same joy that is 
hers. She has told me many times that 
she would give up her home before she 
would give up her church, and she has 
gone through some severe trials, from 
her husband and relatives. One of her 
great joys now is that her own people 

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have become reconciled to her and en- 
courage her in her work. We who have 
never had any opposition cannot compre- 
hend what some have to endure for 
Christ in free America. She feels con- 
fident that what she has had to suffer 
will some time bear fruit for Christ. 
This mother was reached by her little 
boy coming to Sunday-school and our 
following him into his home. The moth- 
er has told us it was the bonnet that 
appealed to her first. She felt there must 
be something true back of it. 

Our next converts were two young 
boys, who have proved faithful, and one 
has succeeded in leading his parents to 
Christ. I wish you could see that fa- 
ther ! How he devours the Word of 
God! He is so hungry for it, and it 
seems we can't feed him fast enough. 
If his zeal continues he is going to prove 
a great blessing to us, and it is our de- 
sire to make such disciples for the Lord ; 
such as will go out and suffer the cross 
for Him. The success of our work will 
depend upon this, and it may not be the 
many we will get. If we can only pre- 
pare a few faithful workers they will 
gather the multitudes. 

I will tell you of another family who 
belong to us. It consists of a mother, 
who is a widow and earns her living by 
washing : an afflicted daughter and two 
boys. They have a Bible class in their 
home once a week, and from last report 

it had reached thirty-five. A number of 
these have been brought to Sunday- 
school. The encouraging feature of our 
work is to see the active spirit that our 
new members show. I often wonder if 
it can be any greater in heathen coun- 

In conclusion let me say I firmly be- 
lieve there is a place in the cities for our 
church, with its distinctive features, if 
we are willing' to live in harmonv with 
them ourselves, and if we are willing to 
lay our lives upon the altar of sacrifice. 
Yes, sacrifice, for you can accomplish 
nothing without it. The city needs our 
simple life. Many scarcely have enough 
to sustain life, in the effort to keep up 
with the world. Worldliness is crushing 
the very life out of them, destroying 
homes and breaking ties that ought to 
be binding. Mothers can scarcely make 
ends meet, because the daughters' de- 
mands are so great to follow the god- 
dess of fashion ; sons are driven from 
home as nothing is left to make it at- 
tractive. Too much attention is given 
to girls and not enough to the boys. The 
city holds the attraction for them, and as 
a result they are lost in its allurements. 
Nothing but the plain Gospel of Jesus 
Christ can set things right, and it is left 
for you and me to carry it. Let us not 
fail to do our duty ! 

1605-07 S. California Ave., Chicago, 


M. J. Weaver 

MARVELOUS changes are tak- 
ing place in the social condi- 
ti ns of our country. In our 
early history a large percentage of the 
population lived in sparsely settled rural 
districts, while today about forty-five 

per cent of our population live in the 
cities. To Bible students it is quite evi- 
dent that the missionary apostle, Faul, 
established churches in the centers of 
industry. That he considered the cities 
the " strategic points in the world's con- 


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quest " is manifest by the number of 
cities in which he preached the Gospel. 
He went even to Rome, the political 
capital of the world. 

In accordance with this gospel vision 
the Brethren of Western Pennsylvania 
in the year 1900 established a mission 
in the city of Pittsburg. A committee 
of interested brethren were sent to in- 
vestigate the field and they reported the 
situation favorably. Accordingly the 
Mission Board chose Eld. S. S. Blough 
to have charge of the work. Under his 

church and parsonage, both being under 
same roof. The numbers and interest 
demanded a permanent church home. 
The praying and planning and working 
toward this end were done effectively 
and in October, 1904, the church was 
dedicated. An accessible central loca- 
tion was chosen. The scattered location 
of the membership made this necessary. 
The members have been urged to locate 
closer to the church, and numbers have 
responded. We trust many more may 
be attracted to this rapidly-growing sec- 

Church of the Brethren, Pittsburg 1 , Fa. 

guidance the work was started on Har- 
ron Hill in a private dwelling at No. 
8 Camp Street. They soon moved to 
Hazelwood, where a hall was secured 
above an undertaking establishment. In 
1902, in this hall, the church was organ- 
ized. Elders Joseph Holsopple, D. H. 
Walker and W. A. Gaunt were present 
on this occasion, and their never- failing 
interest in the cause has proved a great 
blessing to the work. Later the mission 
was moved to a better hall in the Hazel- 
wood Trust Company building. 

An interesting chapter in the history 
of the mission is the building of the 

tion of the city. Eld. and Sister S. S. 
Blough gave seven years of their untir- 
ing efforts to the progress of this cause. 
During this time Sisters Elizabeth Howe 
(Brubaker), Ida C. Shumaker, Alice 
Smith (Atkinson) and Mary Graybill 
assisted each for a short period of time 
in the work. 

It was during July, 1907, that the Mis- 
sion Board called the writer to be pas- 
tor of this church. % One of the reasons 
for establishing a church in this place, 
but one which makes the work difficult, 
is the fact that we have a large percent- 
age of transitory members. It seems 


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that about as soon as the workers be- 
come well enough acquainted with each 
other to do effective work the ranks 
change. Few indeed of our present 
members were here when the work was 

Bro. A. O. Horner, who is our present 
Sunday - school superintendent, has 
served in this capacity for seven or 
eight years since the organization. Un- 
der his efficient leadership the school 
has made steady progress. Including 
Cradle Roll and Home Department mem- 
bers the school had enrolled last year 
240 scholars. For the past two years 
the Sunday-school has taken a commend- 
able interest in the poor of this ward, 
and this year is taking up the support 
of a village school in India. 

The sisters have been busy in the Aid 
Society, doing a splendid work. More 
than a year ago a Junior Society was or- 
ganized. Some forty children of the 
community are enjoying their regular 
Sunday evening Bible study and devo- 
tional meeting. Once a month the 
Juniors and the Christian Workers unite 
in a missionary program. 

We have felt for some time that the 
church should be self-supporting. Ac- 
cordingly an effort was made to this 
end, and a year ago in April we re- 
lieved the Mission Board of their sup- 
port. We believe the cause has been 
strengthened in every way by assuming 
this additional responsibility. When men 
put their money into the Lord's work 
I believe they will make a greater effort 
to note what is being accomplished. We 
consider this one of the- contributing fac- 
tors in a steady increase in attendance. 
Our present membership is 172. Some 
of these live as far as twenty-five miles 
from the church and do not get to our 
services regularly. 

Lately we felt the conditions were fa- 
vorable for a regular monthly men's 

meeting. The various professions and 
business interests represented in our 
body need a bond of more intimate ac- 
quaintance and fellowship. The sisters 
have a splendid opportunity to get ac- 
quainted in their aid meetings. We aim 
to have the men's meeting fill a much-felt 
social and educational, as well as purely 
religious, need. As one result of our 
two meetings of this kind our adult Bi- 
ble classes have each increased their en- 

We find one of our difficulties to be 
the fact that so many men are lodge 
members. Lately we had Rev. W. J. 
McKnight, of Syracuse, N. Y., who last 
year brought greetings from the Re- 
formed Presbyterian church to our An- 
nual Conference, give a lecture on the 
Bible and the Lodge. We had a number 
of lodge men out and I think good seed 
was sown. 

Sister Grace Gnagey gave assistance 
in this cause for about one and one-half 

In my few years' services here we have 
been permitted to receive forty-two by 
baptism, but our hearts yearn for the 
scores whom we know in this city who 
are Brethren's children and who have 
not accepted Jesus Christ. 

Many of these came here before the 
church was organized. Then, too, there 
are many more who were members of 
the church, but who came to the citv be- 
fore this organization and have drifted 
into other churches. Some have come 
back ; others we trust will do so. In less 
than two weeks we have learned of four 
who were members at one time or who 
are members' children and are living in 
the city. When we look at the needs our 
hearts feel encouraged to -go on ; also 
when we know, as a good brother told us 
lately, that there are those who are 
praying for us daily. 

IT20 Greenfield Ave., Pittsburg, Pa. 

Christianity wants nothing so much in the world as sunny people; and 
the old are hungrier for love than for bread; and the oil of joy is very 
cheap; and if you can help the poor on with a garment of praise it will 
be better for them than blankets. — Henry Drummond. 


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HIS work had its be- 
ginning at a council 
meeting of the East 
Los Angeles church 
in June, 1904, when 
a call came to organ- 
ize a Sunday-school 
in the south part of 
the city where a num- 
ber of members were 
living. A committee 
was appointed to look over the territory 
and select a place to begin the work. 

The matter was then taken up by the 
District Mission Board. 

They purchased a lot at the corner 
of Fiftieth Street and Hooper Avenue, 
and funds were solicited to build a house. 
A chapel twenty- four by thirty was erect- 
ed and dedicated Jan. 1, 1905. The to- 
tal cost of house and lot was about 

Bro. Wm. H. Wertenbaker and wife 
were placed in charge of the work. 

The Sunday-school and Christian 
Workers were organized at the begin- 
ning of the work, and the prayer meet- 
ing within a month after the work had 

From the very beginning the work be- 
gan a steady growth and within three 
months it became necessary to build an 
addition to furnish Sunday-school rooms. 

During the summer of 1905 the Home 
Department and Cradle Roll were organ- 
ized. Although these departments have 
not been large at any one time, yet there 
has been some effective work done. 

The first converts were added to the 
church in July, 1905. 

On Easter Day, April 15, 1906, the 
mission was organized into a congrega- 
tion with fifty-three charter members. 

Elder W. E. Trostle, of Pasadena, was 

The Present South Los Angeles Church. Dedicated July 26, 1908. Cost About $3,000. 


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chosen elder in charge and has continued 
in this position since. 

The continued growth of the work ne- 
cessitated building larger, and the pres- 
ent building was erected and dedicated 
July 26, 1908. The building as it now 
stands, with its furnishings, cost about 

The work has never experienced a 
phenomenal growth, but a steady for- 
ward movement. Owing to the tenden- 
cy of California people to move about, 
the number of church letters received 
and granted each year has been prac- 

ties and responsibilities, for it opens the 
door to many homes. 

We observe Easter, Children's Day, 
Rally Day and Christmas with special 
and appropriate services by the Sunday- 

We have a special service for the chil- 
dren once each month, sometimes an ob- 
ject lesson of ten or fifteen minutes at 
the close of Sunday-school and some- 
times the entire preaching service is de- 
voted to a children's meeting. 

We feel that our greatest results are 
accomplished with the children, for more 

The Old Church, with Later Addition. 

tically the same, so that our increase has 
been largely by baptism. 

We have baptized forty-nine and our 
present membership is one hundred and 

The Sunday-school has been the most 
promising feature of our work. 

Our present enrollment is two hundred 
and fifty including the Cradle Roll and 
Home Department. Perhaps seventy- 
five per cent of our attendance is children 
of outside parents. While this brings 
problems which are not always easy to 
solve, yet it brings also great opportuni- 

than half of our conversions have been 
directly or indirectly through the Sun- 

Sister Daisy B. Evans has been super- 
intendent of the school since Jan. 1, 
1907, with the exception of a few months 
of absence. She has faithfully labored 
for the success of the work. 

A mission Sunday-school was opened 
at Sixty-first and Wall Street April 1, 
1910, in charge of Bro. N. J. Brubaker. 
The average attendance for the past year 
has been between thirty and forty. It 
is located in a growing part of the city, 


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and the outlook is good for building up a 
permanent work. 

We hope soon to be able to place a 
regular worker in the field. 

We have the regular weekly teachers' 
meeting for the study of the Sunday- 
school lesson, and an occasional business 
meeting to look after the needs of. the 

We have had a teacher-training class 
for the past four years. Though it has not 
been large at any time, yet it has been 
helpful in giving an inspiration and a de- 
sire to do better work for the Lord. 

We have a prayer band which meets 
in the various homes for special prayer 
whenever there is a call. This has been 
very helpful, not only to those who at- 
tend, but also to the homes into which 
we go. 

For the past three years we have had 
the young members organized into a so- 
ciety, known as the " young disciples." 
They meet once each month in the dif- 
ferent homes for Bible study, and re- 
ports are given of visiting the sick and 
doing personal work. 

They have also raised considerable 
money which has been used in helping 
the needy. They are thus being trained 
in practical Christian work, which has 
been very helpful, not only to the young 
people but to the entire church. 

The Sisters' Aid Society was organ- 
ized in 1907 and meets regularly every 
two weeks and sometimes oftener. They 
have done much mission work by sew- 
ing and assisting the poor in various 
ways. In addition to this they are now 
having a regular monthly " Mothers' 
Meeting," which has been well attended 
and is very helpful to the mothers of 
the community and is helping to awaken 
a new interest in the work of the church. 

The work is thus being organized and 
built up in the various departments with 
a view of reaching the highest possible 

The highest spiritual growth and at- 
tainment, and complete consecration is 

the goal constantly held before the mem- 

Brother and Sister Wertenbaker have 
been in charge of the work from its 
beginning. They have been constantly 
assisted by a band of earnest workers 
and thus they have been laboring togeth- 
er with God for the advancement of His 

The aim is to keep in constant touch 
with the people and be able to meet in 
a practical way every need of the com- 
munity, that the power and influence of 
the church may be felt for good. 

Our work is located in a growing part 
of the city and the territory is sufficiently 
large for a number of organized church- 
es, so the opportunities are many, the 
prospects are encouraging and we are 
always glad to have members move in to 
assist us in this great work. 

There are many hindrances and diffi- 
culties in city mission work, for there 
are all kinds and classes of people and 
many worldly pleasures and amusements 
to draw them away from God, and it re- 
quires a constant effort to arouse them to 
a realization of their spiritual needs. Al- 
though these difficulties tend to discour- 
age us, when we realize that they 
are opportunities that God brings us to 
call out the best that is within us, we take 
courage and press on. 

The opportunities -for all kinds of mis- 
sion work are many in this city of over 
300,000 souls, with so many nationali- 
ties and all kinds of sin and various con- 
ditions that . need the helping hand of 
God's people. 

To meet these opportunities we need 
more workers and more means as well as 
a fuller consecration of what we have. 

As we consider the success of our 
work we rejoice and thank God that he 
has blessed our feeble efforts, but when 
we look over the field with its oppor- 
tunities we are made to wonder what 
might have been accomplished if every 
one of us were constantly permitting 
God to use us to the fulness of the possi- 
bilities within us and about us. 


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Florence Baker Pittenger 

AST week the yearly 
Durbar was held here. 
This is the occasion 
for the native kings 
and chiefs to receive 
their stipend from the 
English Government. 
On Durbar Day the 
crowd was small, as 
the simple people 
were afraid there 
would be an uprising. There is a bandit 
in hiding in the jungle. 

He was just released from prison and 
during the holiday season he killed the 
chief man of a prominent village. Gov- 
ernment is trying to arrest him, but as 
yet he is not captured. Nothing hap- 
pened on Durbar Day and so the second 
day afterwards the crowd was as large as 

We had the joy of having with us 
Bro. and Sister Lichty and Sister Him- 
melsbaugh ; also nine visiting native 
brethren. Special efforts were made to 
sow the precious seed and we have faith 
to believe that much good has been done. 
With the crowd that gathered came 
a leprous woman with her son, about 
eight years old. She is a pitiful sight, 
as already her fingers and toes have 
fallen off. She begged for a home and 
food. Our brother, Heri Sing, gave her 
a place to stay; also food. Two days 
later she gave birth to a big, strong girl. 
She now pleads to remain with us and 
be one of us, but we dare not keep her 
permanently, as .that would endanger too 
many lives. We as yet have no place in 
our mission to care for those who fall 
victims to this most dreaded disease. We 
are trying to arrange to put her into 
some mission which has an asylum for 
such as she. Both children are ap- 
parently healthy, but they can not escape 

if they remain with their mother, and 
yet the mother love is there, and I never 
saw a more loyal boy to his mother than 
this boy is. It is so pitiful to see the 
mother bathe the little child by rubbing 
her stubs of hands over its body as the 
little boy pours the water over it. 

The other evening our nearest heathen 
neighbor died. How awful is death 
where there is no hope ! This family has 
absolutely nothing, and so we furnished 
the needful things for the funeral and 
witnessed with sad hearts the perform- 
ances amid the wild wailing of the widow 
and mother. The little mud hut is empty 
now, as the family would not remain 
over night in it. Should they remain 
they are sure the spirit of the departed 
would return and eat them up. These 
things make us sad, but there are other 
things which make us glad. 

Last week one more young man re- 
ceived baptism. He has been under con- 
viction for a long time, but only lately 
has he become willing to endure the per- 
secution which always follows when one 
stands up for Jesus. Two days after 
the baptism the young man was mar- 
ried to the young woman who was bap- 
tized some time ago, and together they 
have gone to start up farming where we 
are locating our Christians. Our hearts 
are encouraged to see the community 
growing. Already the Light is shining 
into the surrounding darkness. Will you 
not pray for these who are so young in 
the kingdom? It means much for them 
to come out from among their kinsmen 
and the life lived all these centuries. 

At this writing all our native breth- 
ren with us here are in good health. 
God is with us. Pray for the work 
among these most lowly people. 

Ahzva, Dangs, India, April 73, 1911. 


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MOTTO: — Purpose, Protection, Purity 

Edited by General Temperance Committee and Published Quar- 
terly by the Brethren Publishing House, Elgin, 111. 



Small as I am, I've a mission below — 

A mission that widens and grows as I 

grow — 
' Tis to let alone cider and brandy and gin; 
' Tis to keep well away from these potions 

of sin. 

'Tis to make myself noble and manly and 

' Tis to touch no tobacco, not smoke and 
not chew 

That unhealthy weed that true women de- 

And all people know is a filthy old pest. 

' Tis to say unto all what I say unto you, 
Let these things alone if you would be true; 
They are foes to all virtue, and lead to all 

Shun drink and tobacco, and keep your 

good name. 

Cold water that comes from the well is my 

The healthiest, purest, and sweetest, I think; 
It never makes drunkards, it never brings 

I'll praise it and drink it wherever I go. 

Material for Future Bulletins. — It 
would be a source of appreciation if 
those interested would send clippings, 
original or selected poems and songs, 
essays and any other material that would 
be profitable for use in the Temperance 
Bulletins to the acting editor, J. W. 
Lear, Cerro Gordo, 111. 

The Prohibition Organisation. — The 
students of Bridgewater College, Va., 
have formed an association for the pur- 
pose of studying the prohibition ques- 
tion. Their organization forms an inte- 
gral part of a State-wide movement. 
One especial feature of the organization 
is the oratorical contests by the different 
colleges over the State. This should add 
interest and enthusiasm to the cause, and 
be an educational effort in behalf of 
temperance that will result in much 

Prosperity of the Wicked. — Some 
things seem to be very unequally divided 
in this world. That wicked and design- 
ing men prosper in material things can- 
not be disputed. The erection of pala- 
tial residences, the accumulation of 
stocks and bonds, the erection of parks, 
summer resorts and popular places of 
amusement for the gratification of lust, 
at the expense of the poor, with the 
price of human blood, and in blatant re- 
bellion against the God of heaven is a 
frightful fact with many today. 

The righteous should not envy the 
wicked in his prosperity, nor murmur 
because it is so. The God of all the 
earth sees it all and will reward accord- 
ing to the works of each. 


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The only prosperity for many will 
be what they get during the long-suffer- 
ing period of God's goodness. Better a 
hovel where godliness and contentment 
dwell than large holdings of earthly 
treasures mortgaged to the devil. 

^ «$ •£ 

The Need of the Hour. — Paul said 
to the Corinthian "brethren, " I deter- 
mined not to know anything among you, 
save Jesus Christ and Him crucified." 
This doctrine is still orthodox and vital. 
The world is sadly in need of the Christ. 
The fountain of perpetual youth is in 
Him. There are aching and empty 
hearts crying out to be soothed and filled, 
but like the people on Mt. Carmel in the 
time of Elijah they are knocking at the 
wrong door. The church of Jesus Christ 
must rebuild the broken-down altars 
and pray for the heavenly fire to come 
down. The fighting of the enormous 
beer and whiskey trusts is right when 
conducted properly, but there is some 
danger of casting our pearls before 
swine. The supreme duty of the church, 
be it remembered, is to lead to, and wit- 
ness in behalf of, the Savior to a dying 
world. If we can only get men and 
women to the altar of God's mercy, with 
penitent and believing hearts, the altar 
of Bacchus, with its enticing wines, and 
alcoholic drinks, will have lost its 
charms. Don't forget, beloved, that this 
is the greatest need of the hour. 

Advertising for the Devil. — All up-to- 
date business men have found that it 
pays to advertise. The devil also finds 
it profitable to advertise his wares. Here 
is one of the late samples of his inven- 
tions : " As harmless as a custard pie, 
as potent as the summer sun, with an 
aroma that would smooth the wrinkled 
brow of an Egyptian mummy." This 
is to advertise a special brand of Ken- 
tucky whiskey. Who would, at reading 
this, doubt the statement of Jesus, 
" When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of 

his own, for he is a liar, and the father 
of it"? 

Could anything be more deceptive? 
It is an insult to intelligence ! How 
much of the stuff would it take to put 
murder into a man's heart? to make a 
demon of him? to cause him to beat his 
innocent wife, and abuse his defenseless 
children? to rob him of ambition, morals, 
love and everything* that is good and 
true? Yet the man that sells it would 
have us believe that it is harmless. So 
is lead before being moulded into a bullet 
and placed into a gun in the hands of a 
man without the intelligent use of his 

Golden, Weddings. — Fifty years of 
married life is the exception and not the 
rule. That the event might be com- 
memorated in a manner pleasing to the 
Lord is possible. Generally the rich are 
remembered and the poor neglected. 

Mr. Adolphus Busch and his wife have 
celebrated their anniversary. It was a 
great affair, as the world counts. It 
was a million-dollar event. His wife, 
wearing a $200,000 gold crown, was ex- 
alted upon a throne. It's a wonder they 
hadn't thought of Herod, who. was eaten 
of worms. But of course they don't 
believe the Bible. It was an expensive 
memorial. No human mathematician 
would be competent to fix the sum. 
Starved, naked and homeless children, 
sad, tear-stained and broken-hearted 
women, wrecked bodies, depraved minds 
and lost souls of men and women, broken 
vows, mortgaged homes, divorces, sui- 
cides and murders represent in part the 
awful cost of this shameful event ! 

Unless this king of brewers repents 
he may have to spend his eternitv in the 
same place, with the same heated condi- 
tions, that the rich man of Bible narra- 
tive found. He may also desire some 
favors from the poor women and chil- 
dren for whom he has had no sympathy 
in this life. But oh, the impassable gulf! 

The wonder is that men who have 


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been honored with the office representing 
the highest gift of the nation should so 
far forget their responsibility to human- 
ity, as to lend their influence in behalf 
of the unrighteous traffic, by honoring 
the man, who stands at the head of the 
infamous business, with their gifts of 

It might awaken their conscience if 
the Sunday-schools and churches in the 
United States would send to these men 
resolutions of protest and regret. 


Tune: "Sweet By and By." 

There's a time that is coming at last — 
Oh! hasten that long-looked-for day, 

When the rum fiend no shackles shall cast, 
For all Christians shall vote as they pray. 


It will come, by and by, 

We shall welcome that beautiful day! 
It will come, by and by, 

When all Christians will vote as they pray. 

When the fire shall go out at the still, 
And the worm shall be taken away; 

And its ruins give place to the mill, 
Making bread that doth hunger allay. 

And the prisons shall close every door, 
And the poorhouses empty shall stand, 

When the dramshop shall curse nevermore 
The dear homes of our beautiful land. 

When the Church and the State shall arise 
In the strength of their virtue and might, 

And improve every moment that flies, 
In their working and voting for right. 



Licensed to make a strong man weak; 

Licensed to lay a wise man low, 
Licensed a wife's fond heart to break, 

And make her children's tears to flow. 

Licensed to do thy neighbor harm, 
Licensed to foster hate and strife, 

Licensed to nerve the robber's arm, 
Licensed to whet the murd'rous knife. 

Licensed where peace and quiet dwell 
To bring disease and want and woe; 

Licensed to make this world a hell, 
And fit man for a hell below. 


Woe unto him that giveth his neighbor 
drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and 
makest him drunken. — Hab. 2: 15. 

But they also have erred through -wine, 
and through strong drink are out of the 
way; . . . they are swallowed up of 
wine, they are out of the way through 
strong drink; they err in vision, they 
stumble in judgment. — Isa. 28 : 7. 

It is not for kings to drink wine, nor 
for princes strong drink. Lest they 
drink, and forget the law, and pervert 
the judgment of any of the afflicted. — 
Prov. 31 : 4, 5. 

And take heed to yourselves, lest at 
any time your hearts be overcharged 
with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and 
cares of this life, and so that day come 
upon you unawares. — Luke 21 : 34. 

Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunk- 
ards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall 
inherit the kingdom of God.— 1 Cor. 6: 

Woe unto them that rise up early in 
the morning, that they may follow strong 
drink ; that continue until night, till wine 
inflame them ! And the harp, and the 
viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are 
in their feasts ; but they regard not the 
work of the Lord, neither consider the 
operation of His hands. — Isa. 5: 11-12. 

Woe unto them that are mighty to 
drink wine, and men of strength to min- 
gle strong drink : which justify the wick- 
ed for reward, and take away the right- 
eousness of the righteous from him ! — 
Isa. 5 : 22, 23. 

Therefore as the fire devoureth the 
stubble, and the flame consumeth the 
chaff, so their root shall be as rotten- 
ness, and their blossom shall go up as 
dust ; because they have cast away the 
law of the Lord of hosts, and despised 
the word of the Holv One of Israel. — Isa. 

Wine is a mocker, strong drink is 
raging ; and whosoever is deceived there- 
by is not wise. — Prov. 20: 1. 


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He that loveth wine and oil shall not 
be rich. — Prov. 21 : 17. 

Be not among wine bibbers nor riot- 
ous eaters of flesh. For the drunkard and 
the glutton shall come to poverty. — Prov. 
23: 20, 21. 

Look not thou upon the wine when it 
is red, when it giveth his color in the cup, 
when it moveth itself aright. At the last 
it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like 
an adder. — Prov. 23: 31, 32. 


Tune: "Revive Us Again." 

O Lord, give us light, give us wisdom, we 

Give us strength for the work we are doing 



Come and help us, blessed Savior, 

All powerful art Thou; 
Thine the glory, Thine the vict'ry, 

Come and help us just now. 

Though weak in ourselves, yet in Thee we 

are strong, 
For Thou art our strength, our salvation, 

our song. 

For the slaves of the cup, Lord, we cry unto 

Oh! loose them from bondage, and let 

them go free. 

Oh! visit their souls in their darkness and 

And wake them from slumber to freedom 

and light. 

Thy presence, Thy power, Thy wisdom we 

Lord, lift up the fallen and strengthen the 


—Rev. O. R. Miller. 


No Cigarets for Me, Sir! 

First Boy. 

No cigarets for me, sir! 

They are bad for boys, folks say; 
They make the nerves all shaky, 

And take their strength away. 

Second Boy. 

.No cigarets for me, sir! 
The doctors all agree 
That cigarets are poison; 
So, not any, sir, for me! 

Third Boy. 

No cigarets for me, sir! 

They taint the crimson blood, 
And make it so impure, sir, 

I'm sure they are " no good." 

Fourth Boy. 

No cigarets for me, sir! 

I'm trying to keep clean; 
And if I should smoke, sir, 

I'd feel just awful mean! 

Fifth Boy. 

No cigarets for me, sir! 

I want to learn at school; 
And smoking cigarets, sir, 

Turns bright boys into fools. 

Sixth Boy. 

No cigarets for me, sir! 

I'm just a little boy; 
But I hope to always be, sir, 

My mother's pride and joy. 

Seventh Boy. 

No cigarets for me, sir! 

For surely you must know, 
A boy can't smoke those things, sir, 

And to healthy manhood grow. 

Eighth Boy. 

No cigarets for me, sir! 

And don't you once forget, 
I think too much of mother, sir, 

To smoke a cigaret! 

What Girls Can Do. 

First Girl. 

I wonder what there is today 

That little girls, so fond of play, 

Can do to help the right along, 

And keep some one from doing wrong? 

Second Girl. 

We can gentle be and meek; 
Learn to think before we speak; 
Smile when anger bids us frown; 
Keep our trying tempers down. 

Third Girl. 

We can cheerfully obey 
What our loving parents say; 
Scorning only what is wrong; 
By obedience growing strong. 

Fourth Girl. 

We can sing a merry song, 
Like the robin, all day long; 
Making home a happy place, 
Because we're there with beaming face. 


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Fifth Girl. 

We can learn to sacrifice, 
Give up what we highly prize, 
Just for love of one another; 
Helping sister, friend, or brother. 

Sixth Girl. 

We can make the home-life sweet; 
With kind words our brothers greet; 
And for temperance work and pray- 
In a girl's own quiet way. 

Seventh Girl. 

Thus we'll help the world to grow 
Brighter wheresoe'er we go; 
Hearts and homes will happier be; 
And saloons less oft will see 
Young and old 'neath ruin's blight, 
When every home is sweet and bright. 

Who Wants the Boy that Drinks? 

First Boy. 

We wonder what the wide world thinks 
About the boy that drinks, and drinks? 
We'll ask the question loud and clear, 
So every one can surely hear: 
"Who wants the boy that drinks?" 

Second Boy. 

" Not I," says the merchant, " no room in 

my store 
For the boy with bad habits; I show him 

the door." 

Third Boy. 

" Not I," says the barber, " my customers 

At the thought that a drunkard might give 

them a shave." 

Fourth Boy. 

" Not I," says the chemist, " no boy can 

come here 
Whose hand is unsteady, whose brain is 

not clear." 

Fifth Boy. 

" Not I," say the railroads, " we will not 

On engine or cab that kind of a boy." 

Sixth Boy. 

" Not I," says the school, " he must leave 

here at once, 
For the boy who will drink is surely a 


Seventh Boy. 

" Not I," said the home, " it will break 

mother's heart, 
For her boy in the pathway of ruin to 


Eighth Boy. 

" Not I," says the tradesman, " the boy who 

will fool 
With liquor is no good at handling a tool." 

Ninth Boy. 

" Not I," says our country, " the whole 

world must know 
That no office of trust to a drunkard should 


Tenth Boy. 

" Not I," says the church, " for God says in 

His Book, 
Touch not, and taste not, nor on the wine 


First Boy. 

Then who does want the boy that's fond of 

a drink? 
Nobody — I am beginning to think! 

Eleventh Boy. 

Yes, somebody wants him; I'll tell you 

The saloonkeeper does; for he knows it is 

If he can't get the boys he will soon lose 

his trade; 
He knows just exactly how drunkards are 

A sip now and then, that's his sure plan to 

The only safe way is to never begin. 

Twelfth Boy. 

Church, country, home, schools, all trades 

want the boy 
Who never tastes liquor — they greet him 

with joy. 

Thirteenth Boy. 

Well, we've made up our minds to let 

strong drink alone, 
As temperance workers we want to be 


Fourteenth Boy. 

We'll tell all the boys around everywhere, 
The saloon doesn't treat them a bit on the 

It takes all their money, their souls, and 

their time, 
And never returns them the worth of a 


Fifteenth Boy. 

So. we hope every boy in our glorious land 

Will just sign the pledge, and for temper- 
ance stand; 

The saloon then no longer will boastfully 

With no boys that drink to keep it alive. 


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Tune: "Tramp, Tramp, Tramp." 

Old King Alcohol has long 
Been a tyrant bold and strong. 
And he holds a bloody scepter in this 
Will you join our Temp'rance cause? 
Will you say to him now, pause! 

Will you come and help us crush this 
monster down? 


Come! Come! Come! and join our army! 

Help us put the traffic down; 
Stand up boldly for the right, 
Then the foe we'll put to flight, 

And we'll drive the cruel tyrant from the 

O now, voters, will not you 
Come and join this army true? 

For your ballots at the polls will help re- 
This great enemy of truth 
And protect our boys and youth, 

And t'will help the cause of Temp'rance 
to maintain. 

Shall this bloated tyrant come 
With this whiskey, beer and rum, 

And our country fair with ruin cover o'er? 
Friends of God and man arise! 
Fight till all beneath the skies 

Bear the curse of Old King Alcohol no 

—Rev. O. R. Miller. 


Then shall the kingdom of Satan be 
likened unto a grain of tobacco seed, 
which, though exceedingly small, being 
cast in the ground grew and became a 
great weed, and spread its leaves rank 
and broad, so that huge and vile worms 
formed habitations thereon. 

And it came to pass that the sons of 
men looked upon this weed, and the 
eyes of their understanding being dark- 
ened, thought it beautiful to look upon, 
and much to be desired to make the" 
youth of tender years look big and man- 
ly. So they did put forth their hands 
and did chew thereof. And some it 
made sick and others to vomit most filth- 
ily. And, moreover, it came to pass that 
those who chewed thereof became weak 
and sick, and could not deliver them- 
selves from the desire of having bits 
of it continually in their mouths, which 

aforetime had been clean and ruddy, but 
now became foul and black, and, besides, 
the chewers were seized by a constant 
and violent spitting of unclean humors, 
and they did spit in all places, even in 
ladies' parlors, and in the courts of the 
Lord of Hosts, and the good and true, 
and all that led pure lives were grievous- 
ly plagued thereby. 

And it came to pass that men were dis- 
satisfied with merely chewing the strange 
weed, but sought out other and cunning 
devices for using it. Some, indeed, did 
make it into a fine powder and did fill 
their nostrils therewith, and they did 
sneeze with great and mighty sneezes, 
insomuch that their eyes were filled with 
tears and their faces with wrinkles, and 
they did look foolish exceedingly. While 
others cunningly wrought the leaves into 
rolls and did set fire to one end thereof, 
and did suck vehemently at the other, 
and did look very grave and calf-like ■ 
and the smoke of their burning and suck- 
ing ascended up forever and forever. 

And yet others did with artful hands 
make hollow the cobs on which God did 
make the good corn to grow. These, 
being well filled with the filthy weed, 
they did light at the top, while at the bot- 
tom appeared a hollow stem through 
which they did most devotedly suck the 
vile poison of the weed. These rrei an 1 
women did not prefer, as did others, to 
put the dirty stuff into their mouths, yet 
they did stink the most. 

And there were men whose wisdom, 
being that of the fox, beholding the mul- 
titude which did chew and smoke and 
snuff, said among themselves, " Come, 
let us plant and water and increase the 
production of this weed, the name of 
which is tobacco, for therein is a mighty 
and increasing business." And they did 
so, and the merchantmen waxed rich in 
the commerce thereof. 

And it came to pass that even the 
saints of the Most High became bond- 
servants of the weed and defiled them- 
selves therewith ; even the poor who said 

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they could not buy shoes and books for 
their wives and little ones, spent their 
substance therefor. And the anger of 
the Lord was kindled by such great 
wickedness and He said, " Wherefore 
this waste ? And why do these little ones 
lack bread, and shoes, and books ? Turn 
now your fields into corn and wheat; 
and put the evil thing far from you and 
be separate and defile not yourselves any- 
more ; and I will bless you, and cause My 
face to shine upon you." But with one 
accord they raised their voices and ex- 
claimed : " We cannot cease from chew- 
ing, snuffing and puffing; we are 
slaves ! " — Selected by Uncle John. 


J. O. Barnhart. 

There was terror in old Athens; there was 

sorrow in all Greece, 
As that dreaded fateful morning dawned 

and broke upon her peace; 
There was weeping, there was _ wailing, 

cries of anguish and despair 
Rose and rang through all the city, filling 

all the startled air. 
Sturdy frames shook with emotion, every 

heart with fear stood still, 
For the messenger of Minos to proclaim 

the royal will 
Had again appeared among them, as he had 

for many a year, 
To demand of them the treasure that they 

held most near and dear. 
Minos the despotic ruler, cruel sovereign 

of Crete, 
Has exacted as a tribute from the vassals 

at his feet, 
Seven of their fairest daughters, seven of 

their bravest sons, 
And he swore them direst vengeance if 

there should be lacking one. 
This the grief that filled the city, for this 

was the fatal day, 
When the choice was made among them 

who the fearful debt should pay. 
Fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, crowd- 
ed to the market place, 
There to learn which of their loved ones 

should be torn from their embrace 
To fulfill the savage purpose of their cruel 

liege and king, 
For the handsome youths and maidens he 

gave as an offering, 
To the Minatour, the giant, in the labyrinth 

Whom King Minos kept and worshiped as 

of origin divine. 
So today all Athens trembled in an agony 

of grief, 


For no power in earth or heaven could be 
sent to their relief. 

Nothing they could claim or borrow as a 
ransom could be paid, 

Though their silver, gold, and jewels at 
King Minos' feet were laid, 

Silver, gold and rarest diamonds Minos did 
esteem but dust, 

So their children must be offered to appease 
his rage and lust. 

And while lot was cast among them for 
their sons and daughters dear, 

Theseus, son of King .SLgeus there ap- 
peared, a volunteer, 

Saying, "Hearken, ye Athenians! Every 
year a mighty woe 

Falls upon beloved Athens, and today we 
feel the blow! 

Every year this pain and sorrow, that be- 
tween the land of Greece, 

And the cruel ruler Minos there may be a 
shameful peace; 

Every year your sons and daughters to a 
monster must be fed, 

While through all the days that follow, 
filled you are with fear and dread, 

That when comes again the message to de- 
mand the sacrifice, 

That your offspring may be chosen, to com- 
plete our freedom's price. 

So today, I swear by Minos unto whom ye 
bow the knee, 

That from such great tribulation hence- 
forth Greece shall be set free. 

With these brave youths and fair maidens 
unto Crete I sail today, 

And this hand I hold above you this great 
Minatour shall slay. 

To the shores of Greece returning, we shall 
come with whitened sails, 

And the gods shall smile upon us, — a brave 
spirit shall not fail. 

By the power of Zeus I conquer and Greece 
yet in peace shall dwell, 

Fare ye well! the tide is flowing! Dear 
Athenians, fare ye well!" 

Thus were fourteen beauteous children torn 
from loving parents' arms, 

But the brave and fearless Theseus saved 
them all from cruel harm, 

For he slew the great devourer of the youth 
and strength of Greece, 

And between her king and Minos made a 
never-ending peace. 

Upon our lovely earth today a mighty mon- 
arch lives, 

And to that monarch every land a priceless 
tribute gives. 

But, unlike Minos in the tale, no Minatour 
he needs, 

He is himself a Minatour of most insatiate 

A hundred thousand of our sons each year 
he doth devour, 

Oh, for a Theseus true and brave to free us 
from his power! 

A hundred thousand of the best and bright- 
est of our land, 


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And though their rotting corpses lie a 

stench on every hand, 
Yet in our mad, mad rush for gain, we close 

our senses all, 
Nor heed the sorrow that o'erhangs our 

country like a pall. 
We cannot see the widow's tears nor hear 

the orphan's cry, 
Nor smell the corpses of the slain that 

round us rotting lie. 
Because another's child, not ours, must 

weep and cry for bread, 
We march up to the ballot box and give 

him stones instead. 
Each of us lives unto himself, nor feels 

his brother's care, 
Nor thinks the woe he does not feel he 

some day, too, may share. 
Where is the power in earth or heaven can 

rouse us from the spell, 
That wraps us in self interest, while all 

the powers of hell 
Are battling for the souls of men, and seek 

to lead astray 
Even the very elect of God out of the nar- 
row way? 
O Christian Church, awake, arouse! your 

Theseus has come, 
To conquer sin and death and hell and lead 

His people home. 
And in your hands He now has left the 

work on earth He planned, 
And said, " My strength and power shall 

be always at your command." 
Again He said, " Ye are the light of this 

dark and sinful world, 
And though the mightiest powers of hell 

shall at your gates be hurled, 
Ye shall prevail, and My great name in you 

be glorified, 
And ye shall all come forth as gold within 

the furnace tried." 
Long, long the willing kings of Greece, 

tribute to Minos paid, 
Till Theseus slew the Minatour by Ariadne's 

And all the world still long shall ring with 

a cry of broken hearts, 
Until the church in Christ's great work 

performs the Christian's part. 
All power in heaven and in earth God unto 

Jesus gave, 
And Jesus gives it to the church the world 

from sin to save. 
And, Christian, if you fail to use the power 

placed in your hand, 
To remove the awful curse of drink from 

this our Christian land, 
When the returning King shall come to 

earth in clouds of fire, 
And at the hand of every one His talent 

shall require, 
Shall you a buried talent then give back 

into His hand, 
And before the King and Lord of lords all 

dumb and speechless stand? 
Oh, use the talent that He gives, nor deem 
one vote too small 

To help along the cause of right, for God 

rules over all. 
And when from the dread curse of drink 

all lands shall be set free, 
The world shall fill with righteousness as 

waters fill the sea. 
Then shall the widow's tale of woe be 

heard on earth no more, 
Nor shall the orphan's cry for bread pierce 

us unto the core. 
And when at last you meet your Lord be- 
side the crystal sea, 
He'll say, "The good ye did for these, ye 

did it all for Me." 
Kemp, 111. 


Tune: "Marching Thro' Georgia." 

1. Wake ye people, everywhere and strike 
a mighty blow; 

Strike the enemy of home, of native land, 

and foe; 
Sound the order thro' the town that each 

saloon must go, 
And then No License shall triumph. 


Hurrah! Hurrah! lift high the banner white! 
Hurrah! Hurrah! we've 'listed for the fight, 
Alcohol and all his kin we'll bury out of 

When'er No License shall triumph. 

2. License, low, or even high, are sins 
we'll not endure, 

No license only is our plan, we have no 

other cure; 
Fight it out upon this line and victory is 

And then No License shall triumph. 

3. License, friends, is but a trick to let the 
demon in, 

Never yet was victory won by compromise 

with sin. 
Vote then straight against it, boys, and you 

are sure to win, 
And then No License shall triumph. 

4. Long our town has waited for the work 
that we must do, 

Laurels are in waiting for the noble tem- 

p'rance crew, 
Great the vict'ry we shall win, if we are 

brave and true, 
When e'er No License shall triumph. 

Chorus to last stanza. 

Hurrah! hurrah! we'll drive the traffic out! 
Hurrah! hurrah! the foe we'll put to rout; 
When at last our town is free we'll raise a 

mighty shout, 
That No License has triumphed. 


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" For there is no distinction between 
Jew and Greek: for the same Lord is 
Lord of all, and is rich unto all that 
call upon him. For whosoever shall 
call upon the name of the Lord shall 
be saved. How then shall they call on 
him in whom they have not believed? 
and how shall they believe in him of 
whom they have not heard? and how 
shall they hear without a preacher? and 
how shall they preach except they be 
sent ? even as it is written, How beautiful 
are the feet of them that bring glad tid- 
ings of good things." Rom. 10: 12-15. 

Here is a missionary argument by Paul 
that stirs the soul with its glorious con- 
clusion. There is no service so beauti- 
ful as to bear good news to those who 
have it not, and how little this is experi- 
enced in the church is beyond calcula- 

One would think that the lost condi- 
tion of the unsaved, the joyous and 
peaceful condition of those who are saved 
in Christ, would prompt every one of 
the latter class to spend his greatest ef- 
forts to reach the former. Certainly 
there is no joy so great as to bear good 
news. Nothing can please heaven so 

Viewing our last Conference at St. 
Joseph, Mo., in the light of this scrip- 
ture the church has never felt as great a 
thrill of joy in her history before. True, 
in times past the cup of joy has been 
full when a band of workers have been 
sent forth ; but the cup has grown larger 
and the measure of joy in the attempt at 

great things is greater than ever before. 
To have sixteen workers consecrated for 
our foreign work at one meeting means 
a large measure of -effort on the part of 
the church and a still larger infilling of 


Indeed the church is willing to attempt 
greater things than in times past. Some 
one made inquiry, " But will the Board 
be able to support all these workers?" 
And it is an unusual increase on the de- 
mands of the Board. It will add inside 
of a year an expenditure of $10,000.00 
to the annual budget of the Board aside 
from cost of bungalows and other build- 
ings needed for the progress of the work. 

But why be anxious about such things? 
Does not our Heavenly Father know we 
shall have need of these things? And 
so He did in this case and nearly ever- 
one of the sixteen missionaries has al- 
ready been partly arranged for in entire 
support by some congregation that was 
waiting to take up such a burden of love 

Monday afternoon was a deeply im- 
pressive hour at Conference. There sat 
Bishop D. L. Miller, all these years from 
the beginning with very few omissions, 
the chairman of the meeting. He in- 
troduced the first missionaries years ago 
when Brother and Sister Stover and Sis- 
ter Bertha Ryan were offered for the 
work in India. He has introduced them 
since and his heart was almost over- 
come with emotion as one bv one he 
presented the sixteen this year. 


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There was a change in the program 
this year from former years that was 
deeply impressive. This time immedi- 
ately after the opening of the service 
the missionaries were introduced and 
Brother Geo. L. Studebaker, of North 
Manchester, Indiana, led in the con- 
secrating prayer. How fervently he 
prayed in behalf of the work and the 
workers going forth and how hearty 
were the " Aniens " from the audience ! 

The company was greatly increased 
by the presence of the missionaries home 
on furlough who were at the meeting. 
There sat Brother Geo. W. Hilton from 
China ; J. M. Blough and wife, Steven 
Berkebile and wife and Sister Sadie 
Miller from India, each one wearing a 
heavenly smile as they contemplated the 
reinforcement for the respective fields. 

Brother J. AI. Blough of India gave 
the missionary address after the conse- 
cration service. Though the heat was 
intense, and there were other disadvan- 
tages under which he labored, with clear 
and forcible argument he led his hear- 
ers from one point to another. His ad- 
dress is printed in full in Conference re- 
port and every reader of the Visitor 
can well afford to secure a copy for that 
address alone. 

The offering! Of course the envel- 
opes from the churches were sealed be- 
fore the meeting was opened and they 
could not be changed by any logic of 
the hour. Then too the attendance was 
not as large as usual on account of the 
intense heat of the auditorium. But in 
face of such drawbacks the offering 
amounted to $14,850.15. The greater 
shortage appeared in the " loose in the 
hat," because of the reduced attendance. 

The missionary meeting in a certain 
way is the pivotal point of the whole 

Conference. Interest centers in this 
meeting as perhaps in none other, though 
the forenoon meetings are always of the 
highest type of interest and power. And 
it has occurred to not a few that but one 
thing is lacking to make these missionary 
meetings all that the Lord and his great 
Apostle Paul would make of them. 

It would appear that when the church 
sends workers into other lands represent- 
ing the church in all her faith and doc- 
trine that like the apostolic church did 
with Saul and Barnabas so should the 
church today do, — lay on hands and thus 
commission them to go. Not the hands 
of conferring the office of bishop or any 
special office for that matter, other than 
ambassadors of the Lord Jesus Christ 
into the heathen parts of the world. It 
should be the special commission of the 
church in the name of the Christ through 
the enduement of the Spirit to go forth 
according to His will. If there is any- 
thing in the laying on of hands, and 
there is, then there is no more fitting 
and needful place than on this occasion 
when our beloved representatives go 
forth as our foreign workers do. 

The get-acquainted meeting of the 
missionaries and their relatives and 
friends was an occasion much enjoyed 
by those present. It was simply a meet- 
ing of all included in that class who be- 
came acquainted with each other by hand 
shake and a tender inquiry of those home 
on furlough about this, that and the oth- 
er on the field. Only a father and moth- 
er know the heart-joy of shaking hands 
with one of those on furlough, and look- 
ing with watery eyes into the face ask 
about the welfare of their child on the 
field. It may seem news out of date 
and yet the missionary hands have 
clasped the hands of the child on the 
field last. So this meeting proved a 
blessing in many ways. 


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To be pointed out before a Confer- 
ence as one going to the field has a dou- 
ble influence upon the missionary. There 
will be many who will come around and 
speak a " God bless you " of encourage- 
ment. Then there will be others who 
will note every point of defect and com- 
ment on that, and truly fortunate is that 
one who escapes the critic's eye. Mis- 
sionaries are far from perfect. But there 
is one thing that can be said of every 
missionary that cannot be said of many 
who are not missionaries. They are will- 
ing to do something that many, oh, so 
many, are not willing to do or even help 
to do, and that is to go. 

And did you ever think, reader, that 
it is in the going that Christ promised 
His presence and companionship? No 
amount of staying at home can atone 
for not going if yours has been the op- 
portunity to go into any field of service 
and you have not gone. The call to go in- 
to' church work at home that has been de- 
clined, be that in the ministry, deacon's 
office, Sunday-school superintendent, 
church trustee, to visit the sick in the 
name of the Lord, if not heard simply 
because you thought you could not, did 
not want to do it, or other reason, is a 
refusal to go that cuts off the blessing 
of companionship of Jesus. Perhaps 
this is why so many lives in the church 
are so Christless. 

Sister Sadie Miller expects to return 
to India by way of the Pacific this fall. 
She has spent most of her furlough in 
the western part of the States and the 
congregations securing her services have 
appreciated her efforts. She takes the 
western route home preferring to see 
some of the things through the Orient, 
and paying the difference out of her own 
funds. Travel is a great educator to 
one who has eyes and ears to learn, and 
in this Sister Sadie will not lack. She 
will reach her field for her second term 

of service richer in experience and 
broader in world view. 

Geo. W. Hilton and wife's coming 
home when so badly needed on the China 
field appeared to be anything else than 
a blessing at first. But when we behold 
the goodly company of six new mission- 
aries for China, when we come to know 
how deeply the Lord laid the China field 
on the hearts of Brethren Heckman and 
Bright through Brother Hilton's words, 
one cannot help but feel that his home 
zoming was the 'Lord's doings and its 
results are almost marvelous in our eyes. 

But these are not the only ones whose 
hearts were touched by the message from 
China. Others have wept because they 
could not go; they carry the burden on 
their hearts because they are not of the 
company whose faces are now turned 
towards the land of Sinim. Perhaps no 
addresses have been so heart searching 
as Bro. Hilton's, when in simplicity and 
modesty he laid the claims of China on 
the hearts of his hearers wherever he 

B. F. Heckman and wife were eagerly 
sought by his home congregation, Cerro 
Gordo, Illinois, to support him on the 
field and it is making arrangements for 
Sister Heckman's support also. Brother 
Heckman will spend the summer hold- 
ing some meetings and doing other work 
preparatory to sailing for China. 

J. Homer Bright, son of Bishop Cal- 
vin Bright whose faithful labors before 
the Brotherhood have been known these 
many years, with his wife will spend the 
summer with relatives and friends in 
Southern Ohio. They too are happy in 
going to the China field. 

The power of the Spirit moved very 
visibly at Bethany this spring. Brethren 
Heckman and Bright were under con- 


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tract to teach in that school next year. 
But the Spirit laid the needs of the China 
field so heavily on all hearts that the 
management went to these two brethren 
and said if they wanted to answer the 
call to China the school would release 
them from contract and trust the Lord 
to help them find substitutes. The ex- 
tent of this sacrifice is not easily meas- 
ured and the brethren are to be com- 
mended for their willingness to let the 
needs of the field stand first. 

Having fully recovered to health again 
Brother and Sister Hilton and little John, 
who is rapidly growing into manhood, 
will join the party of six new mission- 
aries for China this fall. Four double- 
berth cabins, second class, on the good 
ship Minnesota sailing from Seattle, 
Washington, on Sept. 19 will be occu- 
pied by the party across the Pacific. May 
theirs be a joyous, peaceful voyage in 
the journey to their new fields of labor. 

Now there are no words to describe 
the feelings of joy that will come to 
Brother Crumpacker and his wife and 
Sisters Horning and Metzger who have 
been toiling all alone in that far away 
land when they hear of the reinforce- 
ments for China. They have held the 
fort well but they will hold it better 
than ever now until the new forces have 
joined them. 

Sister Anna Hutchison, under appoint- 
ment for China, will spend the summer 
till sailing time with her parents and 
relatives ne?r Cordova, Md. It will be 
interesting to the innumerable host of 
friends of our dear Brother Andrew 
Hutchison to know Sister Hutchison is 
his niece, and no one wore a brighter 
smile than he to know the Lord has 
come so near his own household as to 
claim his niece for the field. 

Sister Winnie Cripe is spending her 

time among the churches in Northern 
Indiana for the Sunday-schools of the 
district will support her on the China 
field. She is a sister-in-law to Lafayette 
Steele, of Walkerton, Indiana, who is 
known beyond his own State district as 
a pushing Sunday-school worker. 

Steven Berkebile and wife closed their 
home in Denver, Colo., started westward 
first and visited churches in Grand Val- 
ley, and then came eastward, visiting a 
number of churches in Kansas. When 
they started on their trip Brother Berke- 
bile talked from one to two times every 
day and kept this record up till they 
reached St. Joseph. They will spend the 
summer with their parents near Jewell, 
Ohio, where they can be addressed at 
any time. 

Ever since landing in New York J. 
M. Blough and wife have been hard 
pressed in working for India field. Juni- 
ata was waiting them for the Bible term 
last February. They did splendid work 
among the student body there. Time 
has been given to Western Pennsylvania 
churches and more time will be spent 
among these churches until sailing time 
next winter. Brother Blough was an 
efficient writing clerk at our last Annual 
Meeting while Sister Blough in a quiet 
and effectual way did much for mis- 

Perhaps no more hopeful sign of the 
church has been marked than when the 
Conference without a dissenting vote 
passed the request of the Board to be 
permitted to send lay-brethren to the 
mission field if all other qualifications 
are proper. This opens the door for 
young brethren whose hearts have been 
touched by the finger of God's love and 
wanted to go and heretofore could not. 

The first to offer himself under the 
layman's provision is Brother J. I. Kay- 


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lor, of DeGraff, Ohio. He is Secretary 
of the Mission Board of Northwestern 
Ohio and the only objections filed 
against his going was that he was so 
greatly needed at home. His face is 
now turned to India. 

Sister Rose Wagoner, of Pyrmont, In- 
diana, who is also under appointment to 
India, and expects to go out as the wife 
of Brother Kaylor, is home busy prepar- 
ing for her going to India. She as well 
as Brother Kaylor is a Manchester stu- 

Just the Thursday before Conference 
Brother Grover Wine and Sister Mary 
Stoner, both Manchester students, were 
united in marriage and came to St. Jo- 
seph in fulfillment of their offer to go 
to the' India field. Brother Wine will 
spend part of the summer in holding 
series of meetings and do what he can 
for the Master before leaving the home 

Quincy A. Holsopple, son of Elder 
Joseph Holsopple, of Western Pennsyl- 
vania, after completing his A. B. at 
Juniata took up teaching in the public 
schools. But the call of the field through 
Brother Blough turned his mind and 
heart and he is now waiting to' enter up- 
on his labors in India. At present he 
is working in the Publishing House but 
about September 1 he will go to his 
home and visit the churches near by pre- 
vious to sailing this fall. 
* * * 

The Lord has come very near to the 
home of the Secretary of the Board and 
his wife in calling their Kathren to the 
India field. A peculiar blessing is theirs. 
Only a few of the missionaries on any 
of our foreign fields have not spent a 
little time in their home in Elgin. There 
at the table missions have been dis- 
cussed; at the family altar they have 
been especially prayed for by each mis- 

sionary; there in the farewells has been 
expressed the wish that some of their 
children might some day be on the field. 
Is it any wonder then that from their 
little flock thus tended there should be 
one now who would offer to go? Surely 
the Lord is very good to them that He 
should call one of their number for for- 
eign service. Not that it costs them no 
parental heart throbs, — no, they love their 
children as all parents do. But oh, the 
wonderful condescension of Christ that 
one of theirs should be called thus into 
service. Kathren expects to go to the 
field as wife of Brother Holsopple. 

# # JJS 

Two brethren sat side by side at Con- 
ference Monday afternoon when the con- 
secration service was being held. Final- 
ly the one turned to the other and said, 
"Brother, you are to be congratulated 
that a child of yours is called to the field. 
I would be the happiest of fathers in 
the Brotherhood if one of my children 
was in that company today." Would 
God that was the sentiment of every 
father and mother in the church. And 
thanks be to God that sentiment is grow- 
ing rapidly. 

* * # 

Brother Paul Mohler, son of S. S. 
Mohler whom many of our older breth- 
ren will still recall as a leader in the 
church in his day, will with his wife and 
little family sail this fall for France 
and take charge of the work there. This 
will bring joy to the hearts of the work- 
ers in Switzerland and France. And 
Brother Mohler will bear with him abil- 
ity and push that will bring good results. 

* * # 

Sweden's great need will be met in 
the coming of Brother and Sister J. F. 
Graybill, the former, past year, one of 
the teachers in the school at Nokesville, 
Va. They joined the Church of the 
Brethren at Palmyra, Pa., have had 
a large experience in church work and it 
is believed are well fitted for the Swedish 
field of labor. 


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E. Moulton, in Congo Balolo Mission Record 

Dear Children : Would not some of 
you have enjoyed being with us as we 
journeyed up the great Congo River on 
our way back to Bongandanga, seeing 
some of the sights that met our eyes day 
by day ! 

One evening we were anchored close 
to a clump of tall bushes by the river 
bank, and were singing some of the 
dear old hymns, when just as we finished 
the last line, " Grunt ! Grunt ! Poof ! " 
was heard quite close by, from the other 
side of those bushes. What excitement ! 
The boys ejaculated " Kwa ! " and be- 
came very still. All were on the lookout 
for the hippo' which had spoken, when 
" Poof ! Snort ! " again was heard, and 
away in the center of the river, on the 
silvery moonlit waters, we saw a big 
head appear, then another away up riv- 
er, and soon we realized that we were in 
the midst of a school of these great ani- 
mals. I can almost hear you say " I 
wish I had been there ! " You would 
sometimes have seen crocodiles, too, 
sunning themselves on sandbanks, or ly- 
ing on the tree roots by the water's edge, 
fast asleep. Grey parrots and strange- 
looking birds, some with bright feathers 
and harsh voices, flew overhead as we 
traveled on. 

Day after day the little steamer jour- 
neyed up stream, until after three weeks 
spent on board we approached familiar 

Our arrival at Bongandanga, however, 
was not quite as we had pictured it. 

Just before we got there we came to a 
place where the river was almost choked 
with sand. 

The boys were told to search for deep 
water and soon they were wading all 
over the river to try and find depth 
enough to float the boat. At last a chan- 
nel was found close to the bank, and by 
careful steaming we managed to get 
through into the deeper water beyond. 

This incident delayed our arrival at 
the beach, where Mr. Ruskin and a group 
of our people had gathered in response 
to the whistle, and were impatiently wait- 
ing and wondering what had become of 
the boat. They were not sure it was 
the " Pioneer," as we were not expected 
for another fortnight, so you may im- 
agine what a shout went up when the 
feeble lantern light revealed that we our- 
selves had come. What a scuffle and 
hubbub ensued ! Each one wanted to be 
the first to clasp our hands and welcome 
us back to Bongandanga. 

Since then we have had lots of greet- 
ings. Our veranda has been black over 
and over again with boys and girls, and 
men and women, too, who came to bid 
us welcome home. 

Come for a walk with us round the 
old station and let us introduce you to 
some of our little black friends. 

Here comes Ikala, a bright, happy- 
faced laddie who has been with the mis- 
sionaries ever since he was quite small. 
He came, a poor, friendless little child 
with no one to care for him. Now he is 


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strong and well, and a real little friend 
and helper. We should all be sorry 
to part with him. 

Then we meet two wee boys whom we 
call " the imps " because they are so full 
of mischief. Wane, the elder, has been 
ill and looks thin, but he has not lost 
his roguish look, and Ebwanga seems 

Yonder is a group of girlies, busy 
cooking their food in a big pot : each 
one, even the tiniest, doing her share in 
the preparation, and all looking happy 
and contented. Peep at them again when 
the day's work is over and we have time 
for a romp together. How merry are 
their peals of laughter ! Ah ! if you 
could have seen them as they were a 
short time ago; sad, neglected, and un- 
loved, not even knowing how to play or 
laugh, you would marvel at the change. 

There are even greater changes than 
these, however, and most joyful news 
greets our ears from one and another, 
as they tell us of their desire to follow 

Here is Lokuli. About three years 
ago he came to us from Nsungomboyo, a 
place far away to the south, and wanted 
to stay and work. So he became fowl 
boy. He went to school daily and learned 
to read so well and quickly that he soon 
passed the others, but best of all, as he 
heard of the Savior's love, he just 
opened his heart as a flower does to the 
sunshine, and became a true follower of 
Jesus. Since our return, he has been 
baptized, and now his heart's desire has 
been granted, for he has just returned to 
his own town and people with Nsole- 
tumba, one of the evangelists, to teach 
in school, and help tell the message of 
love. How much a boy can do when 
his heart is filled with the love of Jesus. 
Lokuli is the very first from that great 
district to know the Savior. 

Dear children, when you pray will 
you remember this little lad amid his 
dark, heathen surroundings, and ask God 
to keep him, and make him a faithful 
little soldier of Jesus Christ ? 

Miss Esther Virginiana Long - , of India. 

" HULLO." 

Wen you see a man in wo', 
Walk right up and say "Hullo!" 
Say "Hullo!" and "How d'ye do?" 
"How's the world a-usin' you?" 
Slap the fellow on his back, 
Bring yer han' down with a whack; 
Waltz right up an' don't go slow, 
Grin an' shake an' say "Hullo!" 

Is he clothed in rags? Oh, sho! 
Walk right up an' say "Hullo!" 
Rags is but a cotton roll 
Tes' for wrappin' up a soul; 
An' a soul is worth a true 
Hale an' hearty " How d'ye do? " 
Don't wait for the crowd to go; 
Walk right in an' say "Hullo!" 

W r 'en big vessels meet, they say, 
They saloot an' sail away; 
Jest the same are you an' me 
Lonesome ships upon a sea, 
Each one sailing his own jog 
For a port beyond the fog. 
Let your speakin' trumpet blow; 
Lift your horn an' cry " Hullo! " 

Say "Hullo!" and "How d'ye do?" 

Other folks are good as you. 

W'en yer leave yer house of clay, 

Wanderin' in the far away; 

W'en you travel through the strange 

Country t'other side the range, 

Then the souls you've cheered will know 

Who ye be, an' say "Hullo!" 

— S. W. Foss. 


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May '10 May '11 Apr.-May '10 Apr.-May'll 

World-Wide, ..$ 916 91 

India, 297 03 

China, ' 16 91 

Miscellaneous, . 3 00 

$ 293 01 

$1,830 77 

$1,223 39 

361 33 

880 24 

1,027 64 

$ 147 40 

481 59 

28 91 

1,360 14 

1,331 23 

5 50 

47 00 

41 50 

$ 607 38 

$1,233 55 $1,135 93 $2,745 42 $3,658 17 $ 912 75 

During the month of May the General Mis- 
sion Board sent out 165,637 pages of tracts. 


The $31.50 credited to Mrs Wm. H. Over- 
boltzer's Sunday-school class, Southern Cali- 
fornia, in June Visitor, should be credited to 
India Native School Fund. 


During the month of May the G-eneral Mis- 
sion Board received the following donations 
for the funds entrusted to their care: 

K an s as — $84.39. 

Northwestern District, Congregations. 

Burr Oak, $31.38; Quinter, $27.01 ..$ 58 39 
Southwestern District, Congregation. 

Monitor, 19 00 


A. C. Keller, $5; An isolated broth- 
er and sister, $1; Amos O. Brubaker, 

$1, 7 00 

Ohio — $30.16. 

Northeastern District. Congregations. 

Chippewa, $16.50; First Church of 

Brethren, Akron, $10.66, 27 16 


D. B. Snyder, New Bedford 3 00 

Indiana — $26.09 . 

Northern District, Sunday-school. 

Bourbon 10 00 


" Young Sisters' Self-Denial Class," 
Bourbon, $5; Wm. Overholser, $4.01, 
Middle District, Sunday-school. 



Miss Etta Ebbinghous, 

West Virginia — $25.50. 
First District, Individuals. 

Pleasant Dale, 

Mrs. Catherine Bays 

Illinois — $18.70. 

Northern District, Individuals. 

"A Friend in Elgin," $4; Lizzie 
Shirk, $2.20; Mrs. Ellen Zillhart, $1; 
Mrs. Alice L. Powell, $1; Wm. Lara- 
pin, (marriage notice), 50 cents .... 8 70 
Southern District, Congregation. 

Oakley, 5 00 


A. M. Christner and wife 5 00 

Iowa — $18.00. 

Northern Dis-trict, Sunday-school. 

Grundy County 18 00 

Virginia; — $14.00. 

First District, Individuals. 

L. D. Caldwell, $2; W. A. Rux, 

$10, 12 00 

Second District, Individuals. 

J. W. Wright, $1; Mrs. B. F. Mil- 
ler, $1 2 00 









Pennsylvania — $13.37. 

Southern District, Individuals. 

Rachel P. Zeigler, $2; Louisa Bur- 
ns, $1; D. G. Shallenberger, $1; Mrs. 

Jane Shoffer, 15 cents, $ 4 15 

Western District, Individuals. 

Jerome E. Blough (marriage no- 
tice), 50 cents'; W. E. Wolford (mar- 
riage notice), 50 cents 1 00 

S. E. Pa., E. Shore Md., N. Y, 

Green Hill 8 22 

California — $10.50. 

Northern District, Individuals. 

A Friend of the Cause, 10; S. F. 
Sanger (marriage notice), 50 cents 10 50 

Maryland — $10.00. 
Eastern District, Individuals. 

Members of Locust Grove congrega- 
tion, Md 10 00 

Florida — $10.00, 

Mrs. W. L. Keefer 10 00 

Oregon — $8.00. 

Newberg 6 00 


J. Abraham Royer, $1; Nancy Bahr, 

$1 2 00 

Tennessee — $7.00, 

Knob Creek 5 00 


James and Sarah Mcintosh, $1; 

Mary Loyd, $1 2 00 

Nebraska — $5.65. 

Levi Hoffert, $4.65; Elizabeth 

Howes, $1, 5 65 

Michigan — $5.00. 

G. W. Teeter 5 00 

Texas — $2.00. 

Lottie E. Carver, 2 00 

Minnesota — $1.15. 

Isaac Petty, 1 15 

Louisiana — $1.00. 

J. P. Crumpacker, 1 00 

Wisconsin — $1.00. 

J. E. Zollers and wife 1 00 

Idaho — $1.00. 

John Lind 1 00 

Canada — $0.50. 

J. A. Weaver (marriage notice) 50 
cents, 50 

Total for the month $ 293 01 

Previously reported 961 88 

Total for year so far, 1,254 89 

Transferred to India Village School 

Fund 31 50 

Balance $1,223 39 


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Kansas — $32.97. 

Northwestern District, Congregations. 

Belleville, $14.12; Victor, $12.04, $ 26 16 
Southwestern District, Congregations. 

Eden Valley, $35.60; McPherson, 

$31.21, 66 81 

Illinois— $92.20= 

Northern District, Congregation. 

Milledgeville 7 76 


" Unknown," 100 

Southern District, Congregations. 

Girard, $42.29; Macoupin Creek, 

$23.15; West Otter Creek, $13 7S 44 


Flossie E. Moore, . ., 5 00 

Indiana — 16.85. 

Northern District, Congregations. 

West Goshen, $8.85; First South 

Bend, $8, 16 85 

California— -$5.00. 

Northern District, Individual. 

Nancy Marshburn, 5 00 

Pennsylvania— -$2.50. 
Western District, Individuals. 

J. S. Ankeny, $1.50; Murray Ankeny, 

$1, 2 50 

Colorado — $0.10. 

Western District, Congregation. 

First Grand Valley 10 

Total for the month, $ 209 62 

Previously reported, .-.i 156 76 

Total for year so far $ 366 38 


Illinois — $56.50. 

Northern District, Christian Workers. 

Sterling $ 16 50 


M. W. Emmert and wife, $20; L. 

Studebaker, $20, 40 00 

Iowa — $20.00. 

Middle District, Individuals. 

Dr. S. B. Miller and family 20 00 

Ohio — $20.00, 

Southern District, Individuals. 

A brother and sister, Bradford, . . 20 00 

Kansas — $15.21. 
Northeastern District, Christian Workers. 

Abilene — Navarre, 10 00 

Southwestern District, Sunday-school. 

Slate Creek, 5 21 

Indiana — $10.00. 

Northern District, Sunday-school. 

Goshen City . 10 00 

Michig-an — $10.00. 

Sunfield 5 00 


Sunfield 5 00 

Virginia— -$6.00. 

Second District, Sunday-school. 

Mt. Vernon, 6 00 

Washington— -$5.00. 

Sunnyside, 5 00 

Pennsylvania — $5.00. 
Southern District, Individual. 

Trostle P. Dick, 5 00 

Total for the month $ 147 71 

Previously reported 414 05 

Total for year so far, $ 561 76 


Iowa, — $4.00. 
Middle District. 

Hannah C. Badger's S. S. Class, ..$ 4 00 

Total for the month $ 4 00 

Previously reported, 34 00 

From World-wide Fund, 31 50 

Total for year so far, $ 69 50 


Indiana — $176.47. 

Northern District, Congregations. 

West Goshen, $27.13; Blue River, 
$23.77; Pleasant Valley, $22.35; En- 
glish Prairie, $16.23; Shipshewana, 
$15.36; Maple Grove, $14.36; Pleasant 
Hill, $14.23; Bremen, $13.95; Cedar 
Creek, $13.49; Goshen City, $10.60, ..$ 171 47 
Aid Society. 

English Prairie, 5 00 

Pennsylvania— $61.35. 
Eastern District, Individual. 

A sister in Pennsylvania, 25 00 

Southern District, Congregation. 

Lower Cumberland, 2135 

Middle District, Sunday-school. 

Dry Valley, 5 00 

Western District, Sunday-school. 

Idaho Union 5 00 


E. B. Hoover, 5 00 

California — $40.00. 

Southern District, Individual. 

A California sister 4000 

Ohio — $40.31. 

Northeastern District, Sunday-school. 

Canton, 11 21 

Southern District, Sunday-school. 

Fort McKinley, 19 10 

Michig-an — $25.80. 

East Thornapple 25 80 

Illinois — $25.00. 

Northern District, Congregation. 

Yellow Creek, 25 00 

Oregon — $15.15. 

Portland, 1100 


W. N. Clark 4 15 

Virginia— $4.85. 

Eastern District, Individual. 

Geo. W. Shaffer, 4 85 

S. E. Fa., E. Shore Md., and N. Y.— $3.00. 

E. R. Longanecker, 3 00 

Kansas — $2.85. 

Northeastern District, Sunday-school. 

Classes 3 and 4, Vermillion 2 85 

Total for the month, $ 384 78 

Previously reported, 73 97 

Total for year so far, $ 458 75 

Iowa — $25.00. 

Northern District, Individuals. 

A brother — Waterloo, $5; A broth- 
er — Waterloo, $5, $ 10 00 

Middle District, Individual. 

Ella Royer, 3 00 

Southern District, Individuals. 

Susannah Goon, $10; Elizabeth Cor- 

rell, $2, 12 00 

Ohio — $23.86. 

Northeastern District, Congregation. 

Springfield ■ 10 50 


M. C. Lininger and family, 500 

Northwestern District, Congregation. 

Sugar Creek — West House 8 36 

North Dakota — $19.40. 

Egeland, 9 40 


J. W. Noel, 10 00 

Illinois — $10.00. 

Northern District Individual. 

Mrs. R. E, Arnold 10 00 

Missouri — $7.00. 

Southern District, Congregation. 

- Springdale, 7 00 

Indiana— -$5.00. 

Northern District, Individual. 

Mrs. Arthur Rosenberger, 5 00 

Pennsylvania — $4.30. 

Middle District, Christian Workers. 

Fairview 430 


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Virginia — $2.25. 

First District, Individual. 

Mrs. A. N. Hylton, $ 1 00 

Second District, Individuals. 

Zada E. Collins, mother and sister 1 25 

Total for the month $ 96 81 

Previously reported 804 58 

Total for year so far, $ 90139 


Pennsylvania — $25.00. 

Southern District. 

Mechanicsburg Mission Society, ...$ 25 00 
Iowa — $28.26. 
Middle District, Sunday-school. 

Clarence, 15 00 

Southern District, Christian Workers. 

English River 13 26 

South Dakota — $12.50. 

Young People's Class, Willow 

Creek 12 50 

Nebraska, — $12.50. 

Kearney 12 50 

California— $5. oo. 

Southern District, Individual. 

"A Sister " Inglewood, 5 00 

Total for the month, $ 83 26 

Previously reported 232 50 

Total for the year so far $ 315 76 


Iowa, — $262.80. 

Anna Garner, $3.; David Y eater, 
$2; Anna Boyer, $1; Bruce Royer, 
$5; Ira G. Miller, $5; Paul Wingerd, 
$12.50; J. D. Myers, $1.50; Homer Dor- 
cus, $3; Mabel Wingerd, $12.50; J. 
M. Wingerd, $100; Ed. Eikenberry, 
$5; J. P. Edmister, $2.50; Paul 
Shook, 55 cents; Brother Thomp- 
son, 25 cents; G. W. Barnhart and 
wife, $2; W. H. Blough, $1; John 
Holtz, $5; W. H. Long, $3; H. A. 
Gnagy, $25; Sister H. A. Gnagy, $3; 
J. G. Fleckner, $25; C. Landner, $5; 
Ezra Burns, $1.50; W. H. Hood, $2; 
D. M. Shook, $1; Elsie Pyle, $1; Eliz. 
Landis, 50 cents; Nelson Blickenstaff, 
50 cents; Jacob Kingery, $2; Isaac Du 
Bois, $3; H. E. Flory, $1; Lola Boyd, 
$1; G. W. Royalty, $2; J. H. Gough- 
nour, $3; J. D. Bingaman, $2; Magne- 
lene Shook, $1; J. V. Hodgin, $1; 
Wm. Myers, $2.50; Mary McRoberts, 
$1; Luther Myres, $1; W. H. Pyles and 
wife, $5; J. A. Landis, $1; J. E. 
Eikenberry, $5; J. D. Shook, $2. 

Total for the month $ 262 80 

Total so far reported $ 262 80 


Kansas — $61.52. 


B. B. Miller, $3; J. R. Bennett, $1; 
J. A. Hampshire, $5; Jacob Waggoner, 
$5; Sol Clark, $2; Jesse Studebaker, 
$1; Almira West, $2; Mary Sherfy, $3; 
John Harshbarger, 25 cents; J. B. 
Studebaker, $1; D. W. Miller, $2; B. F. 
Longanecker, 50 cents; Irvin Miller, 
$1; Jacob Foultz, $1; J. W. Sell, 

$10; S. E. Cornelius, $5 $ 42 75 


Parsons, $8.32; Independence, $5.45, 13 77 

Sisters' Aid Society. 

Mont Ida 5 00 

Total for the month $ 6152 

Total for the year so far 61 52 


General Fund. 

Indiana — $11.35. 

Cedar Creek, $5; Marion, $3.35, . . . .$ 8 35 


Paul Mishler, $1.56; Aaron Moss, 
$1; Warren Miller, 44 cents 3 00 

Illinois — $8.40. 


West Branch, 8 40 

North Dakota — $6.50. 

Berthold 6 00 


R. R. Young 50 

Virginia — $5.75. 


Linville Depot 4 25 


J. W. Quann, 1 50 

California, — $5.70. 

Mrs. J. C. Witmer's Sunday-school 
class, Glendora, 5 70 

Pennsylvania — $5.00. 


Good Will 5 00 

Kansas — $1.00. 


Paint Creek 1 00 

Iowa — $0.50, 

Franklin County, 50 

Michigan — $0.25. 

Miss Ella Keith 25 

Total for the month $ 44 45 

Previously reported 127 61 

Total for year so far $ 172 06 


Iowa, — $10.00. 


Miss Clara Albright $ 10 00 

North Dakota — $6.04. 

Egeland, 6 04 

Michigan — $3.80. 

West Thornapple, i 3 80 

Total for the month, $ 19 84 

Previously reported, 74 71 

Total for year so far $ 94 55 


Though clouds arise to chill the heart, 

And fill it with despair, 
And happiness seems to depart, 

As life seems so unfair; 
Keep hope, fear not, for God is near 

To drive the clouds away, 
And when His soothing voice we hear, 

Will dawn a brighter day. 
The clouds will quickly disappear, 

Beneath God's sunshine bright, 
And as we feel our Father near 

Our lives will seem all right. 




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Will a Man Rob God? By Mrs. Ellen Woolfoik, 229 

What We Have Done, Others Can Do, 231 

Lucknow Islamic Conference, By W. B. Stover, 234 

Among the Missions of South India, By A. W. Ross, 240 

The Kingdom of Christ and the Spirit of the Age, By Sir N. G. Chanda- 

varkar 242 

Chinese Praying for Rain, By Emma Horning 244 







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Mrs. Ellen Woolfolk 

RS. ROBBIN rose in 
her turn and laid a 
bank note and some 
silver pieces upon the 

" Six dollars and 
fifty-five cents " an- 
nounced the secre- 
tary, passing the mon- 
ey over to the treas- 
urer. But Mrs. Ev- 
ans, the president, laid a detaining hand 
upon it, and, looking up into the face 
of the donor, asked quickly: 
"There is no mistake?" 
" Oh, no," she answered. 
" Because," continued Mrs. Evans, " I 
thought perhaps you intended the five- 
dollar bill for one dollar. You know 
we only asked a small sum from each 
one for our special collections today — 
but excuse me — and thank you very 
much; you are always so liberal." 

A silence had fallen upon the room. 
" I see," said Mrs. Robbin, rightly in- 
terpreting some curious glances as she 
sat down again. " You have all noticed 
that I nearly always give the same sum; 
never less than six dollars and fifty-five 
cents. There is a reason for it; some 
time I may tell you." 

After a moment Mrs. Evans answered 
frankly, "We have noticed the amount 
of your contributions, even to the odd 
five cents. Your reason must be one we 
should like to hear. I am afraid we 
have not shown you the friendly kind- 

ness we ought to have done. We have 
been engrossed in our own affairs and 
neglected the stranger within our gates." 

" Not so," answered Mrs. Robbin with 
emotion. " It is I who have held my- 
self aloof. Since I fell heir to the little 
property here, about a year and a half 
ago, it has been easy for me to raise 
a stated sum ; before that it often took 
great self-denial to be able to do so." 
Again glances were exchanged, for poor 
Mrs. Robbin was plain in her attire al- 
most to shabbiness. 

" Perhaps I ought to tell you my sad 
experience. It will be the first step^ 
toward getting better acquainted." 

There was a murmur of assent. 

" And the telling will do you good," 
said Mrs. Evans. 

" And it will do the rest of us good," 
added Miss Mary. " I dare say there is 
a lesson in it that we all need." 

" It is a story that goes back twenty 
years. We lived in Weston. My hus- 
band worked in the mill and we had one 
child, a sweet little girl. We were very 
happy, or should have been, but that I 
was vain and proud; always longing for 
things beyond our means, always envy- 
ing those who were better off - . A 
wealthy family lived next to us and the 
sight of their splendor was a continual 
source of bitterness to me. They also 
had a little girl, daintily robed at all 
times as a fairy princess. One day I saw 
her running down the steps dressed in 
a frock of dark velvet, richly embroid- 


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erecf \nf colored silks and tied with a 
heavy crimson sash. I was seized with 
a longing to have a robe just like it for 
my little girl. I spoke to my husband 
about it, but he only laughed and said : 
" What would our baby do with such 
finery, even if we could afford it?" 
When I urged the matter he was silent. 
But my mind was made up and I began 
to devise ways and means. To go in 
debt was out of the question, and we al- 
ways put by a small sum every month 
against a time of need. Besides, there 
was a little missionary box upon the 
mantle that my husband had made. 
Many a dime he dropped into it from 
day to day, always with a prayer that 
God would bless and increase it a hun- 
dredfold. Well, I saved and skimped, 
and figured everything down, but the 
time seemed very long. I knew the 
dress had to be embroidered and it would 
take quite a while to get it done, with all 
my other work on hand. One day, after 
counting my money — it didn't take long 
— a fearful thought came to me. But 
I put it away; not with firmness and a 
prayer that God would deliver me from 
temptation, for every time. I lifted 
my eyes to the mantle and saw the lit- 
tle wooden box and the thought grew 
upon me. One day I took the box down, 
opened it and' counted the money; six 
dollars and fifty-five cents. ' Why not 
take it ? ' urged the tempter. You can 
imagine the whole shameful story. I 
took the money that had been conse- 
crated to God in prayer, hurried off and 
bought the dress, and as soon as possible 
began to embroider it. But oh, how 
miserable I felt! Judas betrayed his 
Master for thirty pieces of silver; I, 
in my greed, had robbed my Lord for 
the pride of a bit of finery to bedeck the 
frail form of the little child He had giv- 
en into my care to rear for Him and to 
keep unspotted from the world. In and 
out as I sewed the silken thread, the 
words seems to weave themselves, 
' Will a man rob God ? ' ' But ye have 


Me.' ' Ye are cursed with a 
curse.' At night I could not sleep. It 
may have been the constant embroider- 
ing with the bright-colored silks, but 
through my closed eyes I saw the hand- 
writing upon the wall flaming forth in 
letters of fire : ' But ye have robbed Me.' 
' Ye are cursed with a curse.' The dress 
was done at last, but before it was fin- 
ished my darling child that I loved so 
well, but not well enough, lay upon a 
bed of sickness. She died and was 
robed for burial in the gaudy dress — 
strange mockery of the tomb — but I 
would have it so. I wanted it forever 
out of my sight; and my darling had re- 
joiced in her pretty frock with all the 
innocent ardor of childhood. It held no 
sin or shame for her, thank God. 

" But my cup was not yet full. In a 
few days my husband sickened with the 
same fever. I knew from the first that 
he would die, for the words pursued me : 
' Ye are cursed with a curse.' Oh, how 
I longed to pour out my sorrows upon 
his faithful breast and hear from his 
lips some words of comfort ! But it 
could not be. He passed away without 
knowing of my sin and its fearful pun- 
ishment, and I drained alone the dregs 
of my bitter cup. The little wooden box 
was still empty. Two deaths within a 
few weeks with their train of expendi- 
tures had taken the small savings of 
years ; and the bread winner was gone. 
For a time my heart was in rebellion ; 
but better thoughts came. My first care 
was to replace the exact sum in the little 
box that stared at me always, a sad re- 
minder of my guilt, and I have been 
paying it back ever since. It is a sort 
of restoration and an expiation of my 
sin. You know now the history of the 
six dollars and fifty-five cents. I trust 
that God has forgiven me, but I can nev- 
er forgive myself." 

" You do wrong, my sister," said Mrs. 
Evans. " You have grown morbid in 
your loneliness and sorrow. It was a 
sad thing to do, no doubt, and you have 


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suffered much. Our chastening is some- 
times grievous, ' nevertheless afterwards 
it yieldeth the peaceful fruit of right- 
eousness unto them which are exercised 
thereby.' When the merciful Father for- 
gives, He blots out the transgression and 
remembers it no more. If you feel that 
He has forgiven you, trust His forgive- 
ness and His love." 

"Didn't I tell you so?" said Miss 
Mary. " I knew that story would be a 
lesson to us all. True, we may none of 
us have robbed a mission box, but we 
are equally guilty for we have robbed 
God. We have robbed Him in tithes 
and offerings. Think how much we 

spend day by day for the vain things we 
do not need, and would be better off 
without, and what a pitiful sum we give 
and that grudgingly for the advance- 
ment of His kingdom upon earth. Oh, 
shame ! that each one of us has not 
heard the voice crying continually : ' Ye 
have robbed Me.' May we from this 
hour keep in faithful remembrance our 
tithes and offerings, ano\ never again 
withhold from our Lord and Master that 
which is His own." And every heart 
responded with a silent: Amen. 

[This article may be secured for free dis- 
tribution by addressing the Missionary Vis- 
itor, Elgin, 111.] 



YING on our desk, 
under the above cap- 
tion, is a letter re- 
ceived not long since 
from an earnest young 
brother who has been 
having some practical 
experience in bring- 
ing his congregation 
up to the joys of giv- 
ing to the Master's 
work. This brother does not write in 
order to have his name in print, but 
he believes, and we share that belief, 
that many congregations could do as 
well or better if they had the proper- 
consecration in their leadership. 

We give below the letter as it was 
received, leaving out the local coloring: 
"When I realize that half of the 
earth's population do not know there is 
a God, it forces me to action. There 
are too many of us sleeping. 

" In November, 1907, I moved my 

family into where I had gone 

into business. The congregation 

has nine churchhouses and part interest 

in some others. I was in the first de- 
gree of the ministry and helped as best 
I could in the preaching. Shortly after 
this I was advanced to the second de- 
gree of the ministry and the next win- 
ter was given charge of the — 

house, in this congregation. Being a 
young man in the work, and a new man 
in the place, I took things rather slow. 
I inquired as to how the work had been 
carried on before. I tried to stay in 
the old rut, and a rut it was. After a 
while I thought we ought to get out of 
the rut if we could. I consulted some 
of the most spiritual members in ref- 
erence to holding missionary collections. 
They thought it was the proper thing 
to do, if we could do it without hurt- 
ing the feelings of some of the other 

" Some of them thought the church 
was using too much money as it was. 
There was a church tax levied of $2.50 
for the more wealthy ones and twenty- 
five cents apiece for the poorest mem- 
bers, and the members of each church 
had to pay their own sexton. At our 


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house they paid the sexton twenty dollars 
a year and he had to find the coal and 
the oil for lights, but lights were seldom 
seen in this churchhouse before this 
time, and preaching service only every 
three weeks. 

" I said I would try and manage it 
so that no one would be insulted. So 
at the next meeting I announced that 
in three weeks we would take up a mis- 
sionary collection. This was the first of 
the kind to be taken up since our peo- 
ple had owned the house, which was 
about twelve years. 

" The day came for the missionary 
collection. The usual number, about 
thirty, were present. I preached a mis- 
sionary sermon as best I could and all 
were surprised to learn that the offer- 
ing amounted to $14.10, more than dou- 
ble our expectations. Then I announced 
that we would take up such an offering 
every nine weeks and we have done 
so ever since. We have used three of 
the collections for home missions and 
the balance, $30.90, has been sent to 
the General Board. 

" It is interesting to note that the at- 
tendance has doubled since we com- 
menced the mission offerings, and all 
seem to enjoy the services better. 

" I feel sure there are other preaching 
places in the Brotherhood where the 
brethren and sisters would be just as 
willing to give to the Master, if they 
had the opportunity. I believe we min- 
isters are to blame that a great deal 
more has not been done along mission- 
ary lines. We are continually com- 
plaining that our people are not educated 
to it. Who is to blame?" 

Now if we dissect this letter of our 
brother we will discover that it contains 
four distinct elements : ambition, ruts, a 
willingness to give, and an increased 
church attendance. Place these four ele- 
ments into the crucible of Almighty 
God, and turn on the blue flame. No- 
tice the chemical change. The first dross 
that disappears is the " ruts." 

Ruts. Furrows in men's brains, hard- 
beaten paths of travel, the wonted course 
of human action. Stand on an elevated 
knoll on some of our western prairies, 
sweep the vast expanse with your vision 
and you behold one solid blanket of 
green. No, not exactly solid, for you 
will discover a slender thread stretching 
far away and fading into the distance, 
both to the right of you and to the left. 
This is the road that has been used 
since civilization first passed that way. 
'Tis worn deep, but still traveled; not 
the shortest distance between two points, 
oftentimes worn deep and rough, but 
men went that way, and that way men 
still continue. Force of habit, custom, 
ruts ! 

With this element out of the way, the 
other three immediately amalgamate. 
We cannot behold with what swiftness 
the molecules of religion then crystallize 
into one unified, clear, symmetrical 
whole. We cannot explain the reason ; 
God alone knows that. With the proper 
teaching given by the leaders, with prop- 
er presentation of the basic principles 
and reasons for missions, and the people 
will of their own accord give to the 
work. Simultaneously, with the giving 
of their means, they awaken to their 
own religious nakedness. Then they de- 
plore the vacant seats of their own 
churchhouses ; they see the multitudes 
round about who darken the door of no 
house of worship ; their sympathy and 
love go out for the children of Christless 
or indolent parents, and reflexly they 
set to work to better the conditions about 
their own doorstep. The crowds in- 
crease — of course they increase; there 
is something at the church for which 
they come — a chance to give as well as 
receive. Once quickened to love and 
to give and they come to church as much 
for the opportunity of allowing the cur- 
rents of God's love to surge through 
their veins as they do to be fed from 
the pulpit on the bounties of His grace. 

The temper of the Church of the 


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Brethren is toward spiritual things, and 
spiritual things are essentially mission- 
ary. Missionary ideals can only be 
measured in terms of giving and service, 
and as service and giving "increase, so 
are the ideals commensurately higher. 
Inactive Christianity is scarcely Chris- 
tianity. When any inactive church, 
therefore, is heated by the blue flames 
of God, ruts immediately disappear and 
a well-defined, compact organization is 
the result. All we can say, therefore, 
for such conditions of lifeless congre- 
gations is that they are in a " rut " and 
" ruts " are the dross of Satan, prevent- 
ing an amalgamation of the divine units. 
It is his Satanic majesty who intoxicates 
the minds of God's children, producing 
sleep, contentment, lack of ambition and 
sensitiveness to change. 

The author of this letter is right when 
he says there are many places where 
the brethren and sisters would give if 
they had the chance. Oh, if this be true 
(and we can bring up no argument to 
the contrary) what a gap there is, some- 
where, in the organization of such a 
church and in the minds of the intended 
leaders of that same flock! One thou- 
sand millions dying in Stygian blackness, 
and churches sleeping on, taking rest, 
with vision blinded and opportunities 
unrealized ! 

Who is to blame? The leaders have 
oftentimes been to blame. Time was 
when such conditions existed over many 
parts of the Brotherhood. God alone 
knows the sins of omission of the past; 
we do not. And, praise His Holy Name, 
we believe that instances of the kind 
here recorded are few and far between. 
But we have them. Oh, will not our 
brethren, old and young, awaken to the 
crying needs of the hour, break down 

sweet custom's barriers and allow the 
membership of such churches to enjoy 
the freedom and the eternal joys of giv- 

Who is to blame? If anyone is to 
blame it is the leaders. Time was that 
a man would work six days out of the 
week, study a little time and feed the 
people as he was able ; and sometimes 
he did admirably, too. But he asked 
nothing, he expected nothing, and he 
received nothing. " The good old days 
are passing now." The generation was 
never taught to give either to the home 
work or to the foreign. Consequently 
today we reap the fruits of what we 
have sown in education. If our people 
gave to general church work $300 per 
congregation, which is the smallest sup- 
port given in some of our larger de- 
nominations, the result, $270,000, would 
be sufficient to more than supply the 
needs at home and abroad. But educa- 
tion has not prompted them to do it. 
They have not been thus educated. They 
have not been led in that direction. They 
do not know, for how could they know 
unless a preacher be sent? 

The people that sat in darkness sit in 
great darkness still. The people with 
vision blinded will continue with vision 
blinded until the old and the young, the 
leaders, awaken to their duty, their 
bounden duty, that which they have 
promised God to do in the presence of 
many witnesses, — to advance the bor- 
ders of His kingdom in the most effect- 
ive manner, to bring salvation into the 
hearts of men, to follow in simple faith 
the commands of the Bible, all of which 
by example and precept trend toward the 
one great command, to give, to go, to 
send, to " love thy neighbor as thvself." 
Who is to blame? — B — 

m When God teaches us the meaning of His promises in a heart yielded to His Holy 
Spirit, then alone we can believe and receive them in power which makes them a 
reality in our life. — Andrew Murray. 


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W. B. Stover 

COULD not see for 
the glory of that 
Light," were the 
words chosen by Will- 
iam Carey III. for a 
text (Acts 22: 11) to 
preach from in Luck- 
now on Sunday morn- 
ing, Jan. 22, 1911. 
The M e t h o di s t 
church was well filled, 
and the emphatic words of the speaker 
were made more forcible as his hearers 
now and then recalled the prominent 
fact that this is the grandson of William 
Carey, the cobbler, the first Protestant 
missionary to India. He preached Je- 
sus in this fashion : 

1. Jesus is invested with the glory of 

2. Jesus was the Manifestation of the 
glory of God. 

3. All men through Jesus are invited 
to become partakers of that glory. Sun- 
day evening at six o'clock S. M. Zwe- 
mer, who has become famous in arous- 
ing the Christian world to a recogni- 
tion of the activities of the Moslem 
world, preached in the same church. He 
read Gen. 21 : 9-22, " For in Isaac shall 
thy seed be called. And also of the son 
of the bondwoman will I make a na- 
tion, because he is thy seed." " For I 
will make him a great nation." And 
Luke 15: 11-32, "A certain man had 
two sons." And the younger of them, 
when he had spent all, began to be in 
want. His elder son was in the field. 
" This thy brother was dead and is alive 
again." Also Matthew 5 : 3-18, " Be ye 
therefore perfect." (Read the whole 

The discourse was a plea that the 
Moslem world is a long way off from 

the Lord Jesus Christ; that the Moslem 
religion as a whole, as well as the fla- 
grant errors of that religion, is but a re- 
flection of Christian heresy, and that 
God, who hears the heart-cries of the 
whole human race, also hears the hon- 
est heart-prayer of every prodigal. The 
Mahomedan, although socially advanced 
beyond his spiritual advancement, al- 
though noted through the centuries of 
history for bigoted intolerance, still is 
a man of prayer. And somehow or oth- 
er I cannot help thinking, said the speak- 
er, that God will hear their oft-repeated 
cry for mercy, and, perhaps not as they 
expect, answer them. 

Monday morning the Church of En- 
gland Bishop of Lucknow and the M. E. 
Bishop Warne delivered addresses of 
welcome. The latter said he thought 
the key word of the conference should 
be, " Be of Good Cheer." Sometimes 
the time seems long, the work seems 
slow, success seems so far away, " but 
friends," he said, " did you ever think 
of it, that is because of our way of 
counting time? If we were living on 
the planet Neptune we would be saying 
today that Christ came thirteen years 
ago. Let us try to catch God's way of 
counting time, and be of good cheer, 
for Christ has overcome the world." 

The chairman of the conference, S. 
M. Zwemer, in the opening address gave 
a masterly " General Survey of the Mos- 
lem World." He said the term " Mos- 
lem world " was no figure of speech 
coined by missionary enthusiasm, but 
that it represents in truth a unity of 
spirit based on a religious mixture of 
truth and falsehood, the extent of which 
constitutes an ever-increasingly serious 
problem. His first point was — 

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An Algerian. Kaid. 

variously estimated at from 175 to 259 
million souls. The variation is largely 
due to the figures for China, at best but 
carefully estimated. India has sixty-two 
and one-half million Mahomedans, and 
the total number of the Moslem popu- 
lation enjoying British rule is ninety- 
five million, which is five million in ex- 
cess of the Christian population! Next 
to India Java has the largest Moslem 
population of any country in the world, 
twenty-four million. Russia has twenty 
million, and the Turkish Empire in Eu- 
rope and Asia has fourteen million. Fol- 
lowing these come Moslem lands with 
from four to nine million each: Egypt, 
Persia, Morocco, Algeria, Arabia, Af- 
ghanistan. The most remarkable fact 
is that Mahomedanism is growing, per- 
sistently, stubbornly growing. In India 
it increased nine per cent in the last 
decade. There are twenty thousand in 
Tibet; in British Guiana twenty-two 
thousand; in Central America and the 

West Indies twenty thousand; 
and in the United States of 
America 8,000. The Mensa 
tribe in Africa has become two- 
thirds Moslem, one-third re- 
maining nominal Christian. The 
Bogos, who were Christian in 
1860, have more than half of 
them become Mahomedans, 
while the Betguk have all turned 
Moslem. The continual and 
rapid absorption of pagan tribes 
into Islam is constantly making 
Christian missionary work 
among them harder and harder. 
II. Political. It was Lord 
Curzon who made the shrewd 
remark that Islam represents 
not a state church, but a church 
state. This has been its ideal 
from the days of Mahomed. 
We do well to study Islam po- 
litically, as a factor among the 
forces that make for good or 
evil among the nations of the 
world. During the last five years it is 
wondrously surprising what changes have 
been wrought by the providence of God, 
opening doors for mission work in Mos- 
lem lands. These changes have wrought, 
instead of universal espionage, freedom ; 
instead of despotism, constitutions and 
parliaments; instead of a press that was 
gagged and throttled, a free press; in- 
stead of a grinding system of passports 
and permits, free emigration and immi- 
gration all over Persia and Arabia and 
Turkey; instead of banishment, amnes- 
ty; and instead of despotism ruling in 
the capitals against the rights of the 
people, Abdul Hamid, a prisoner at Sa- 
lonika, and parliaments sitting in Tehe- 
ran and Constantinople. 

Turkey, Persia, and Arabia, the great 
Moslem lands of the nearer East, have 
experienced greater industrial, intellec- 
tual, social, and religious changes within 
the past four years than befell them in 
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agree that nothing has ended in Turkey 
or Persia, but something has begun 
in those lands which every one is anx- 
ious to understand. 

In the year 1911 only thirty-seven 
million Moslems are living under direct 
Moslem rule, — the Sultan of Turkey 
rules over fifteen and one-half million, 
the Sultan of Morocco five and one-half 
million, the Shah of Persia eight million, 
and independent rulers in Arabia three 
and one-half million. Once the Moslem 
empire was coextensive with Moslem 
faith, whereas today less than a fifth of 
the Aloslem community are living under 
Moslem rulers. The balance of political 
power rests with England, France, Rus- 
sia and the Netherlands. Each of these 
powers has more Moslem subjects than 
are in the whole Turkish Empire. What 
a burden of responsibility is thus thrust 
upon Christian rulers and Christian peo- 
ple by God's providence for the evan- 
gelization of His Moslem world! 

III. Social and Intellectual Move- 
ments. The one word which easily de- 
scribes the characteristic attitude of all 
Moslems today is unrest. It is a general 
awakening in all countries, either to pro- 
test or to compromise. In Persia, Tur- 
key, Egypt, and Algiers the great ques- 
tion is whether the old Koran or the new 
democratic aspirations shall prevail. 
Since July 24, 1908, no fewer than 747 
newspapers and magazines have come 
into existence in Turkey alone. In the 
awakening there are two definite deter- 
minations on the part of Moslems, ei- 
ther to protest and oppose progress as 
an innovation destructive of religion, or 
adapt, harmonize, or perhaps reject in 
great part the teachings of the Koran. 
Moslem and progress have not hitherto 
been synonymous terms. The result of 
the combination is not yet foreseen. 
Such questions as the position of wom- 
an, the use of the veil, polygamy, slav- 
ery, or the Mecca Railway, show to the 
careful observer that in spite of the out- 

ward show of unity, within there is dis- 
sension and serious discord. 

IV. The Changed Attitude of the 
Home Churches Toward the Moslem 
World. The Cairo Conference of five 
years ago marked a new era in the ef- 
fort to evangelize the Moslem world, in 
that it opened up the subject to many 
that was hitherto unthought of. It made 
the workers bold to present the facts, 
and gave a needed stimulus to mission- 
ary faith. Since then books have been 
written and sold by tens of thousands 
concerning Moslemism ; newspapers 
have entered into the discussion of Mos- 
lem topics ; the churches have been 
aroused, and great changes have taken 
place with marvelous rapidity in North- 
ern Africa and Western Asia. Who 
shall say these things are not the result 
of volumes of earnest prayer? There 
have always been those who prayed for 
the Moslem world, but since the Cairo 
Conference they are no longer a few, 
dauntless in faith, hoping against hope, 
and believing the impossible. 

This lengthy but inspiring address 
closed with the following splendid de- 
scription of the Moslem world : " As our 
eyes sweep the horizon of all these lands, 
dominated or imperiled by this great ri- 
val faith, each seems to stand out as 
typical of one of the factors of the great 
problem. Morocco is typical of the deg- 
radation of Islam; Persia of its disinte- 
gration ; Arabia of its stagnation ; Egypt 
of its attempted reformation; China 
shows the neglect of Islam; Java the 
conversion of Islam; India the opportu- 
nity to reach Islam; Equatorial Africa 
its peril. Each of these typical con- 
ditions is in itself an appeal. The su- 
preme need of the Moslem world is Je- 
sus Christ. He alone can give light to 
Morocco, unity to Persia, life to Arabia, 
rebirth to Egypt, reach the neglected in 
China, win Malaysia, meet the oppor- 
tunity in India, and stop the aggressive 
peril in Africa." 

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the whole program, which consisted of 
two daily sessions from Monday morn- 
ing till Saturday night. The papers 
read covered nearly every phase of the 
mission work for Moslems ; its successes 
and failures, its peculiar difficulties, its 
present opportunity, and the utter deso- 
lation of workers in some parts of Mos- 
lem lands. 

The discussion of the political side of 
the Moslem question engaged the seri- 
ous attention of all. It is one of the 
strikingly peculiar phases of the British 
Government, that often in the endeavor 
to keep clear of the charge of being par- 
tial to Christianity, and in order to avoid 
friction whenever possible, they have 
very often and very definitely favored 
the Moslem propaganda. It was brought 
out in the discussion that the govern- 
ment of Java, where missions have had 
marked success among Mahomedans, 
was not backward to oppose Moslem 
prejudices, when it felt the common good 
was at stake. 

In Egypt the influences favoring the 
Moslem propaganda are many. Espe- 
cially were three great factors decidedly 

Moslem: First, the army. Its being 
wholly Moslem, wherever on the ad- 
vance guard, in new countries, among 
the bordering heathen tribes, wherever 
the soldier goes, he goes a Mahomedan 
soldier, and the strength of government 
is back of him. The effect of this on 
untutored people can easily be seen. 
Second, the newspapers, all managed by 
Moslems, the news is flavored so decid- 
edly that those who must depend on the 
vernacular newspapers for their infor- 
mation of the outside world, as well as 
of Egyptian matters, get a very one- 
sided view indeed. But lately the news- 
papers are discussing orthodox Mahom- 
edan doctrine with remarkable freedom. 
And third, Gordon College. It is a sad 
fact, known to all students of missions, 
that Gordon College, built by the gifts 
of the friends and admirers of General 
Gordon as a monument to his memory, 
has become a factor for Islam. As Gor- 
don was a devout Christian himself, it 
cannot but be presumed that those who 
contributed for the building of this in- 
stitution desired or expected it to be in 
his stead a center of light shining in a 


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dark land. But, the irony of it, the Ko- 
ran is included in the curriculum while 
the Bible is excluded. 

The British Government in Egypt has 
the power to change the educational sys- 
tem, and there is need for a change. 
Government provides that there be re- 
ligious teaching for Mahomedans, while 
the Copts have no such provision to 
teach them Christianity. 

In Turkey the question is such that no 
one risks to predict the future. The 
Young Turks are at heart atheists, part- 
ly from contact with French literature, 
and partly from the inner corruption of 
Islam. The Young Turks are ready for 
advances irrespective of the Koran ; they 
want to put the new wine into the old 
bottles, while the orthodox have no use 
for the new wine at all. An attempt was 
made to adopt European time for Tur- 
key, but it made a great uproar in the 
parliament, and so all the Turkish clocks 
continue to strike twelve at six in the 
morning, and after that the next day be- 

A Turkish officer, in visiting a school 
recently where there were Christian, 
Jew and Moslem children in attendance, 
told them that he believed in religion 
that unites, and not in religion that sepa- 
rates. " We are followers," he said, " of 
three great prophets, Musa, Issa and 
Mahomed, and these three labored to 
unite the people." 

The problem in Russia is different 
from what it is in Egypt or Turkey. 
One is uncontrollably surprised to think 
of millions of the subjects of the Czar 
as Mahomedans, and of Moslemism a 
growing faith in that land. There has 
been erected in Moscow a costly Ma- 
homedan mosque, and " the faithful " say 
prayers for his majesty. Conversions 
to Mahomedanism are allowed and are 
on the increase, while conversions to 
Protestantism as such are forbidden by 
law. However, the state favors the work 
of the Bible Society, and gives free 
transportation to the Bible colporteur 

and his books on any part of the rail- 
ways. The Greek Church Missionary 
Society has been more active in past 
years than at present, having spent nine 
million dollars in twenty-five years. It 
is felt that the opportunity for work 
among Moslems is greater in Russia 
and China than in many other countries. 
At the present time there are forty con- 
verts from Mahomedanism preaching 
the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ in 
Tobolsk alone. 

In India the Mahomedan peoples are 
different from what they are in strictly 
Moslem lands. The one great plunge 
forward which the church needs to 
make in India, and in all lands, is to 
evangelize the semi-civilized tribes. The 
Moslem is doing this and the Christian 
church must do so before the question be- 
comes tenfold more difficult. Some one 
suggested a superficial evangelization 
to meet the need of the hour, but this 
met argument on the other side. Evan- 
gelization must go so deep that the con- 
vert will not recant, to say the least. 

Lord Cromer was quoted as having 
said that " reformed Islam is Islam no 
longer." Islam is doomed as expressed 
by several speakers, but that means that 
Islam is confronted by progress, her peo- 
ples are bound to progress, and progres- 
sion is contrary to the Koran. And that 
is all that it means. 

Missionary work among Moslems is 
hopeful. It is the great present-day 
problem before the whole church. Ma- 
homedans are born missionaries. They 
are all over the Orient, and are contend- 
ing now for supremacy in the East. A 
man for successful work among Ma- 
homedans must be capable, " hand- 
picked," a real Christian, a thinker, a 
worker. He must be a man of deep 
sympathy, and be able to appreciate 
every indigenous movement for refor- 
mation on the part of the people them- 
selves. Islam is not non-Christian. It 
is anti-Christian, as missionaries in dis- 
tinctively Moslem lands are painfully 


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aware. Yet, may we say we welcome 
the advance of Islam, if for nothing else 
than to wake us up? 

Resolutions embodying the most prac- 
tical suggestions made during the con- 
ference were carefully drawn up, and 
adopted. These for the most part were 
grouped under the following heads : Call 
to Prayer; Urgency of the Mahomedan 
Problem; Africa the Strategic Center; 
a Training College; Needs of the Lower 
Tribes and Classes ; Literature ; The 
Ancient Churches of Africa; Work 
among Women ; Position in Africa and 
Malaysia ; Appeal to Churches at Work 
in India ; Relations of Missions to Gov- 
ernments ; Literature for Moslems. 

The conference closed with a strong 
and bishop-like- address from Dr. Le- 
froy, Church of England Bishop of La- 
hore. The bishop said in substance : 

" I. Be fair to government. I am in 
a position to know that very many gov- 
ernment officers are in full sympathy 
with every rightly-guided Christian ef- 
fort But they must be fair to all. Put 
yourselves in their places. Know that 
it is exceedingly difficult to be always 
what every one thinks you ought to be. 
Many officers are contributing splendid- 
ly for the evangelization of the peoples 
round about them, and it is no small 
matter, indeed it is one of the highest 
imaginable tributes to the British Gov- 
ernment, the fact that justice can never 
be bought. 

" II. The approach to Islam. Islam 
as you know contains widely-divergent 
views. You have to approach the man 
to win him, yet do not labor too much 
to reconcile. There are good people who 
feel that unless they deliver ' the mes- 
sage,' unless they ' preach Christ ' on 
every occasion, they have not ' cleared 
their skirts.' If you are one of these, 
why, God bless you, deliver your mes- 
sage, but that may not be the part of 
wisdom. Your uppermost feeling must 
be to help. They are a people of re- 
ligion; indeed, theirs is the rival faith. 

You must not minimize their devotional 
practices. Make the most of the good 
always. But remember, we have a dif- 
ficult inheritance. It is ours to make the 
attack. In doing so, try to avoid stir- 
ring up animosity, yet attack so as to 
completely win. 

" III. Relation to workers. The field 
is a large one. There is room for all 
of us, and a good many more when they 
come. Those who are more educated 
can not afford to look askance at those 
who have the misfortune to be less so. 
They have their place in the work, too. 
The approach to Christ, moreover, is 
through the heart arid not the head. De- 
votion to the Master is the greatest 
need; it is the greatest qualification of 
the missionary. Yet he ought to know. 
Best of all, I must say emphatically, is 
devotion plus the course of intellectual 
training that makes the man fit for the 

" IV. Our present opportunity is 
greater than it ever was before to us, 
or to any other Christian people. We 
must advance, and I feel that I should 
press upon you all to use the less direct 
method of approach as being the present 
necessity. The times are ready for ad- 
vance, yet they demand we must be care- 
ful. Advance wisely. Advance care- 
fully. But advance. I call upon you 
all to live a deeper life of prayer." 

During this conference on the Ma- 
homedan question there were those who 
gave expression to the thought that Ma- 
homedans, like Roman Catholics, have 
upheld one language as being their par- 
ticularly holy language, and that this was 
a factor for unity and strength among 
both. But I do not see anything in the 
suggestion, for the Hebrews have their 
sacred language, as well as the Hindoos, 
and there is no body of people so com- 
pletely divided up and weakened down 
as are the present-day Hindoos. 

The thought was given, and generally 
agreed upon, that the pilgrimage to Mec- 
ca was a great factor for the strengthen- 


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ing of the convert to Moslemism. When 
he comes there, in the pilgrimage sea- 
son, he may have some doubts about his 
religion, but when he sees tens of thou- 
sands of Mahomedans, and Mahomed- 
ans only, continually, all the time he is 
there, he goes away with a world-con- 
ception of his religion, and goes home 
to make converts. 

From the very briefest study of the 
Moslem question we are overwhelmed 
with what seems to us a burning con- 
viction of increased responsibility before 
the Lord. The question crowds itself 
upon us first from one angle then from 
another, that we must buckle on the 
armor for more work, for more energet- 
ic work, for wider views of the work. 
We must do it as a church, or we are 
doomed. The Moslem goes to Mecca 
and comes home full of missionary zeal. 

Our people go to Annual Conference 
and come home worrying about the total 
cost of the whole meeting! Have I not 
read this kind of thing in the Messen- 
ger? I wish the Moslem question could 
stare every one of us in the face, so that 
it would burn itself deep into every 
heart, for it is a serious question, when 
we think of the Master's message, when 
we think of opportunity lost, and when 
we think of the remaining present op- 
portunity. The suicidal policy, not to 
say atheistic policy, of men like Pastor 
Russell will not settle this question. But 
workers, prayers and self-sacrifice, de- 
votion coupled with intellectual ability, 
the whole church pressing the matter 
home all the time and aching over it, 
paining over it, working at it with some- 
thing like apostolic zeal, this alone will 
save the day for truth, and solve the 
greatest of present-day problems. 


A. W. Ross 

Chapter IV. 

VERYONE visiting 
Ongole and seeing the 
great work which has 
been done there has a 
longing to go up on 
the famous " Prayer 
Hill." Consequently 
Mr. Bawden kindly 
accompanied us to 
that spot where, more 
than fifty years ago, 
with an eye of faith Dr. Jewett looked 
out through the clouds of disappoint- 
ment and claimed the surrounding vil- 
lages, teeming with idol worshipers, for 
God. He looked over the town and re- 
marked to Julia* that " yonder open 
space covered with prickly pear would 
•" Julia " — " India A Problem," Page 205. 

be a fine place for the mission com- 
pound." True to his prophetic vision, 
today they are thousands of Christians 
in the surrounding villages, and where 
once the prickly pear thrived there now 
are the homes "of the missionaries and 
helpers in the mission, and on the cor- 
ner of the lot is the fine new church erect- 
ed in his memory. Kneeling down we 
thanked God for what He has done there 
and for men of faith, and prayed that 
He might increase our faith and make us 
more useful in our several fields of 

Had the time permitted we would 
have enjoyed much to accept Mr. Bak- 
er's proposition to remain a little longer 
and go with him into the distant villages 
for a few days. But the missionaries 


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in a large mission are exceptionally busy- 
men and one must not think of imposing 
on their good nature. They have comers 
and goers, plenty of them, and no doubt, 
though they are glad to see people come 
and are glad to show them around and 
tell them of the wonderful things God 
has done, yet there is a sigh of relief, 
especially when some people, who are 
exceptionally good in prolonging their 
visits, go away and leave them to look 
after the hundred and one things de- 
manding their attention. 

It is one thing to be hospitable and 
another thing for the one entertained to 
know how much good common sense 
would demand of the host and hostess. 
I happen to know of a man who, it 
seems, spends much of his time in oth- 
ers' homes, and to be sure has worn out 
his welcome long ago. During this trip 
we were told of a world traveler who 
made such demands upon the people as 
to make his visits altogether unpopular. 

Our next stop was at Ramapatnam. 
Here is located the Theological Semi- 
nary of the Baptist Mission. We were 
met by five coolies, who took us at a 
lively rate in the carriage to the com- 
pound several miles distant. Mr. and 
Mrs. Heindricks received us very kindly 
and spared no means to make our short 
stay comfortable and profitable. 

The work of the seminary bears such 
an important relation to the success of 
the mission that no means are spared to 
make it the best possible. The mission 
was exceedingly fortunate in procuring 
such a fine location and grounds for 
their institution. Formerly it was the 
kachery or courthouse grounds. The 
mission was looking about for a place, 
with little success. One day the superior 
officer sent word that the government 
was moving to another place and that 
the property was for sale. Consequently 
the mission bought the land and build- 
ings for about $1,000. It comprises 100 
acres, is covered with shade trees, only 
a half mile from the Bay of Bengal, 

and is free perpetually from any tax 
whatever. For the purpose it seems 
most ideal. 

The building was erected, at a cost 
of $10,000, of laterite stone. It is a nice 
two-story structure with the chapel 
above. The seating capacity is about 
1,000, and we were told that it is none 
too large to accommodate the large 
crowds they have on Sundays from the 
surrounding villages. 

At four in the evening the classes are 
dismissed and all the students go out on 
the compound for some manual labor. 
It has been the established rule of the 
institution for years that every student 
shall do a certain amount of manual 
labor every day. Seeing the older ones 
go about it with an air of delight the 
newer students soon fall into line and 
the work moves off nicely. One of the 
great shortcomings of too many institu- 
tions is that the boys and girls are 
trained away from work, the very op- 
posite of what we ought to do. Missions 
largely deal with children of parents who 
have had to work hard, and for them to 
grow up with a hatred for work is ru- 
inous to character and does not produce 
the results that we have a right to ex- 

During the day Mr. Heindricks con- 
ducts four classes. Nearly all the work 
being in the vernacular makes the task 
of preparation and teaching all the more 
laborious. The remaining classes are 
taught by competent native men. Great 
effort is made to give the workers a 
thorough knowledge of the Bible. Sev- 
eral years ago when there was such a 
great demand for workers in the mission 
the number of students in the seminary 
was many more than now. It was then 
considered the largest institution of its 
kind in foreign lands, but now the mis- 
sion enjoys a more natural growth and 
the standard of the institution is higher, 
making the number smaller, but of a 
higher rank. 

Next in interest is the work among the 


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Anadees — a people of unknown origin 
Some think they were shipwrecked on 
the Madras coast and are a people from 
another country. Their manners and 
customs are low. For years they have 
attracted the attention of the govern- 
ment, which later tried to civilize them 
but with no success. Then the mission 
took up the task, and as one would ex- 
pect, marked changes for the better are 
noticeable among those who are in direct 
contact with the mission. 

We first visited the part of the village 
where they live in their wild, heathen 
state. They have low, thatched huts 
with low holes for doors, and clothing 
very scanty and extremely dirty. Then 
we went a short distance towards the 
bay where the Christians live. We saw 
a marked contrast and it is a strong wit- 
ness to the power of the Gospel. Better 
houses, more and cleaner clothing, hap- 
pier countenances— all show the effects 
of the teaching they have received. One 
of the young men has studied up to the 
sixth standard and others of the chil- 
dren are in school. A worker of this 
same people is maintained by the Rama- 
patnam church among them, and goes 
from village. to village up and down the 
coast teaching them the way of life. 

How inconsistent is the caste system! 
These people become Christians, live 
cleaner, build better houses, wear better 
clothing, live purer and worship the 
true God, and yet they are outcasted. 
Those who are unclean, live low, mean, 

contemptible lives, defiled by the Chris- 
tian who is in every way far their supe- 
rior! But such is caste. Even the Eu- 
ropean, with manners and customs far 
above many of those he meets, is held 
aloof lest they become defiled. 

Several of the Anadees have placed 
themselves under Christian teaching and 
left the heathen quarters and built their 
rude huts at one side of the Christian 
village. Though inferior to the Chris- 
tians, yet they are noticeably above their 
heathen friends. Here we have a con- 
crete example of the government trying 
to civilize without giving the people a 
religion and meeting with a dismal fail- 

Generally the most hostile critics of 
missions are the ones who know the least 
about them. The annals of the colonial 
governments of the world are full of 
incidents where it has only been through 
the influence of the missionary that the 
officials have been able to meet with any 
success whatever. Time after time 
governors and leaders of every standing 
have testified to the civilizing effect of 
the work of the missionaries and the 
utter failure of commerce and govern- 
ments alone to civilize the people. Con- 
sequently many a field has been entered 
at the request of the officials and every 
means placed at the disposal of the mis- 
sionary to facilitate his work. Know 
the facts of foreign missions and you 
will be an ardent advocate of them ! 


Sir N. G. Chandavarkar 

The following extract from a lecture 
delivered before the Y. M. C. A. of Bom- 
bay on June 14 by the Hon. Sir Nara- 
yan G. Chandavarkar, Judge of the High 
Court and Vice-Chancellor of the Uni- 

versity of Bombay and reported in the 
Times of India, is valuable as showing 
the personal influence exerted by a serv- 
ant of God upon the mind of a student 
who has since risen to such eminence in 


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the service of his country. Though he 
is a Brahman, yet the fact of his lectur- 
turing before a Christian audience as 
well as the subject of his remarks shows 
an earnest sympathy with Christian effort 
and a conviction of its ultimate success : 

" I should like to say at the outset that 
it is not an easy thing for me to stand 
on this platform and address a Christian 
audience, and yet I am glad to do so, for 
the Y. M. C. A. has a warm place in my 
affections, for the reason that I recall so 
well the life, example and teaching of 
Rev. Duncan MacPherson to whom, in 
the early days of its existence, this Asso- 
ciation owes so much. When I was a 
young man I often used to drop into the 
then unpretentious rooms of the Associa- 
tion, where I could take my cup of coffee, 
and listen to the addresses which were 
then delivered. I confess most gladly 
that I owe much, as a young man, to what 
I heard and saw there. I read the Bible 
carefully, though there was much in it 
that I could not understand. I remem- 
ber in particular being much puzzled by 
two texts : one was ' My kingdom is not 
of this world.' The other was : ' Heav- 
en and earth shall pass away, but My 
words shall not pass away.' But, as I 
saw the truly Christian, the tender sym- 
pathy, the self-sacrifice of Mr. MacPher- 
son, as I saw too the working of the Y. 
M. C. A., which he did so much to in- 
spire, I understood in some measure the 
true significance of these beautiful texts. 

" There may be much talk about a 
truly spiritual religion, about the ties of 
human brotherhood, about measures for 
religious and social reform, and so on ; 
but the great curse of our country is that 
we say and do not — we make great pro- 
fessions, but do nothing practical to rem- 
edy the evils that we pretend to deplore. 
Let me tell you what I consider the 
greatest miracle of the present day ; it is 

this: that to this great country with its 
over 300 millions of people there should 
come from a little island many thousand 
miles distant from our shores, and with 
a population of from fifty to sixty mil- 
lions, a message so full of spiritual life 
and strength as the Gospel of Christ. 
This surely is a miracle if ever there was 
one. And the message has not only come, 
but it is finding a response in our hearts. 
The process of the conversion of India 
to Christ may not be going on as rapidly 
as you hope, or exactly in the manner 
that you hope; but, nevertheless, I say 
India is being converted, the ideas that lie 
at the heart of the Gospel of Christ are 
slowly but surely permeating every part 
of Hindu society, and modifying every 
phase of Hindu thought. 

"And what is it in the Gospel of Christ 
that commends it so highly to our minds ? 
It is just this, that He was ' the Friend 
of sinners ; ' He would eat and drink 
with publicans and'outcasts ; He was ten- 
der with the woman taken in sin ; all His 
heart went out to the sinful and needy; 
and to my mind there is no story so 
touching and so comforting as the Prod- 
igal Son. Christ reserved His words of 
sternest denunciation for hypocrites, and 
especially for religious hypocrites whose 
lives and conduct utterly belie the great 
professions that they make. The Gospel 
of the Kingdom of Christ has come to 
India, and when it is presented in its ful- 
ness and lived in its purity it will find a 
sure response among the people of the 

" I will speak no longer. I have no 
right to speak at all about the Kingdom 
of Christ ; but I believe that it is working 
amongst us today ; it is the little leaven 
that will in time leaven the entire mass. 
The Kingdom of Christ, I say, is work- 
ing out its own ends, slowly, silently, and 
yet securely." 

" Dreams pass — work remains. They tell us that not a sound has ever 
ceased to vibrate through space; that not a ripple has ever been lost 
upon the ocean. Much more is it true that not a thought, nor a pure re- 
solve, nor a loving act, has ever gone forth in vain." 


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Emma Horning 

FEW weeks during the 
heat of the summer 
every foreigner is 
glad to leave the city 
for a cool place to 
breathe in. This sum- 
mer several families 
came to Lung Wang 
Shan, Dragon King 
Mountain. It is about 
twenty-five miles from 
the city. Here we live in a large tem- 
ple on the hillside surrounded by ^ine 
trees. The temple has many courts, 
nicely accommodating several families. 
Some rooms have idols and others have 
not. I live in an upper room with three 
large images — Confucius, Buddha and 
Lao Tsi — the representatives of the 
three religions of China. The temple 
is about one thousand years old and some 
places are badly ruined. It is indeed a 
very good place to study during the hot 

This province is noted for its fam- 
ines. If each summer does not bring 
its rainy season then the crops are a 
failure and thousands of people are on 
the starving list. This year the rains 
have not yet come, only an occasional 
shower. The corn and millet can scarce- 
ly push their heads out, the pumpkin 
and melon vines are drooping their 
leaves and look as if scorched, while the 
mosses and flowers on the hillsides are 
only drying up. Our wells here each 
day are dipped empty. In fact, some 
of the servants get up in the middle of 
the night to get what has drained in, 
to be sure of a supply for the next day. 
The temperature here even in the moun- 
tains has been from 80 degrees to 90 

degrees for several weeks. I don't 
know what it must be on the plains. 

Several days ago our early morning 
studies were disturbed by a great com- 
motion — fireworks, bells and drums. 'On 
investigation we found that a priest and 
ten boys, ages ten to twelve, were in 
procession marching up the hill, and one 
priest in full uniform was marching to 
meet them. They had been sent up by 
the district below to pray for rain. 
Three days have been set aside for fast 
and prayer for rain. No animals are 
killed for meat and many temples are 
the scene of earnest requests for rain. 
The court they occupied here is next to 

A Chinese God with Eighteen Arms. 


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mine, so I receive the full benefit. For 
three days and nights they never ceased. 

They decorated the court with fresh, 
green branches of trees and the boys 
were crowned with cypress wreaths. In- 
cense was offered to all the gods and 
the bells were kept ringing. Each morn- 
ing the fish gong was beaten for an hour 
as an accompaniment to a low chant. 
Then the boys took the services for the 
next twenty-three hours. They are 
chosen because they are considered pur- 
est and thus more capable of invoking 
the gods. Several at a time take their 

To the tap of the bell they fall to the 
floor on their faces ; then rise and sing 
a prayer to the king of waters ; then fall 
to the floor again. This they do onct 
each minute, sixty times an hour for 
twenty-three hours each day. This 
pleading continued for three days 
and three nights till my heart was 
almost torn with pity. As I lay 
awake in the dead of night I could 
hear their sad voices mingling with the 
murmuring of the pines. All through 
the long, dark night these children were 
pleading to their gods for blessings. I 
could not help but contrast them with 
the children praising Christ in the tem- 
ple at Jerusalem. But what a contrast! 
They knew the true God, the King of 
Glory, the God who not only gives us 
temporal blessings but fills our souls 
with the blessings of time and eternity. 
Rut these dear children in their earnest 
blindness plead only for the temporal 
riches — yes, perhaps temporal necessi- 
ties — but what do they know of the 
riches of the soul? Yes, what even do 
they know of the necessities of the 
soul ? 

One can not but hope God will hear 
their dumb cries and give them rain so 
they will have food for next year, for 
He is the King of waters as well as the 
King of all. But above all we hope their 
blind eyes may soon be opened to ap- 

preciate the great value of the riches 
of the soul. 

Oh, for the tongue of Paul or angels 
to tell the story! Oh, for the mighty 
love of God to reach their souls ! 

The first day they prayed a fine show- 
er cooled the air and a cooler wind has 
been blowing since, but the rains have 
not come yet. 

This is a free translation of the prayer 
the children sang as near as I can under- 
stand it : 

" On the black golden mountain, 
In the pure crystal court, 
We pray thee to hear us, 
O great Holy Mother. 

" In your spiritual palace 
In the far distant sky, 
O hear us, Gem Emperor, 
Great ruler of men. 

" O goddess of mercy, 

In thy grand royal hall, 
From thy temple sublime 
We pray thee grant mercy. 

" Dragon King of four seas, 
O send us your treasures 
From out your grand palace 
Beneath the great sea. 

" O grant us thy blessing 
In this our great prayer. 
In thee do we trust 
Amitab'ba Buddha." 

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" Why should we wear black for the guests 
of God?" — Ruskin. 

From the dust of the weary highway, 

From the smart of sorrow's rod, 
In the royal presence yonder, 

They are bidden as guests of God. 
The veil from their eyes is taken, 

Sweet mysteries they are shown, 
Their doubts and fears are over, 

For they know as they are known. 

For them there should be rejoicing 

And festival array, 
As for the bride in her beauty 

Whom love hath taken away — 
Sweet hours of peaceful waiting, 

Till the path that we have trod 
Shall end at the Father's gateway, 

And we are the guests of God. 

— Mary F. Butts. 


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■Nothing has driven the young breth- 
ren from Denmark and Sweden so much 
as their laws compelling every able- 
bodied man when reaching his majority 
to learn the art of war. The history 
of the church in these two countries is 
written in large discouragement for no 
other reason. The membership have 
been encouraged to remain in the coun- 
try and endure imprisonment so that 
they may be saved to the use of the 
church there, their testimony be a living 
witness of the sustaining power of God, 
and finally that the king may change 
the laws to allow liberty for those hav- 
ing such scruples. 

Thus far no leniency has been shown. 
About May 1 Brother Chr. Holmgoard 
Christensen was arrested because he 
would not report for duty, was in pris- 
on for some days, taken to the army and 
an attempt made to force him into serv- 
ice. Finding it all of no avail, he has 
been sent to the military infirmary at 
Korsor. Brother Otto Laursen was ar- 
rested in Viborg for the same reason 
and is in prison. 

Now, brethren and sisters in America, 
it is impossible for the church here to 
visit these brethren in person in their 
prisons. They are too far away. But 
we can in spirit. They are there for no 
wrong deed, but for the faith of peace 
and good will in which we rejoice in 
our liberty and they rejoice in their im- 
prisonment. The faithful, fervent 
prayer availeth much, and now, breth- 
ren, let us hold them up in arms of 
faith and prayer to our Father and cry 
aloud unto our Deliverer that He may 

do as seems best in this instance. Pray 
that the king's heart may be touched ; 
that the brethren may be cheerful and 
in deep communion with the Lord dur- 
ing their confinement. The editor does 
not know how long the first imprison- 
ment will be, but rest assured, plenty 
long enough. Let us pray for those in 
prison and suffering. 

* * * 

In the city of Hjoring, Denmark, live 
our aged Brother and Sister C. C. Es- 
kildsen. Their sons are here in Ameri- 
ca and one daughter is at home with the 
parents. Though well advanced in 
years Brother Eskildsen has learned to 
read English very well and enjoys the 
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he wrote that his dear wife was taken 
sick with very great pains in her back 
and he was requested to go for a plas- 
ter. Instead, he went upstairs into his 
little shop where for a living he makes 
by hand wooden rakes and other useful 
implements. There he poured out his 
heart in prayer to God and his prayer 
was answered, he writes, and the pain 
removed without any medicine. Con- 
cerning the incident he writes, " The 
apostle says, ' If we know that He hear 
us, whatsoever we ask, we know that 
we have the petitions that we desired of 
Him.' That is an excellent experience. 
One of those our dear Savior had healed, 
for joy told it ; and I have also told this 
that the Lord might be honored thereby. 
We certainly rejoice with our brother 
and sister in such close relationship with 
the Father. 

* sk * 

Elder C. Hansen, of Bronderslev, 
writes that in Thy, where the two mem- 


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bers live who have been taken to prison, 
the church held a blessed love feast be- 
fore the men were taken away. He ex- 
pects to visit the church soon and give 
them a word of encouragement. 

* * * 

At Sindal on June 25 the members en- 
joyed a good love feast and had some 
good meetings. It was in these places 
where Brethren Eby and Fry, years ago, 
began the work which has spread over 
Denmark and Sweden to some extent. 
They need a minister from. America to 
revive and build them up, but so far 
there has been no minister to go. 

* * * 

A dear sister, the mother of a- small 
family of children, recently recounts 
how her heart from her childhood was 
touched by the cry of the heathen. At 
eight years she went to public school 
in Ohio, where Brother John Pittinger, 
now of India, was teacher. She told 
him of her desires and he gave her all 
the encouragement he could. At ten 
she was received into the church and her 
desire became so great that she told her 
parents. But they " bitterly opposed 
such thoughts." " Mother, with a moth- 
erly love, said she did not want me to 
go so far from home. They kept me 
out of school and Sunday-school, fear- 
ing I would increase in the desire." 
Thus discouraged nothing was done. At 
last, when womanhood was reached, the 
sister married and now lives in the West. 
Her heart is burdened yet. She can- 
not go. The door has been closed to 
her. She speaks of her " four little 
darlings " and " My daily prayer long 
before God gave me these children was 
that if it is His will, they may be mis- 
sionaries." Her husband joins his wife 
in these desires, and while engaged in 
the ministry is hoping the day will come 
when their children will be honored with 
a call far over the sea. 

* * * 

I have just read a letter from Adam 
Eby, giving a most vivid account of 

sickness in which he was called to at- 
tend, — he is no physician, — and per- 
forming some of the most trying of op- 
erations and saving life. No one who 
could be permitted to read these lines, 
— they were not intended for publica- 
tion — could other than see the great need 
of physicians in that suffering land, and 
especially women physicians. Sister 
Himmelsbaugh assisted Adam, and while 
he is greatly puzzled at times he is hav- 
ing success in some lines. Oh, for 
Christian doctors for suffering India and 
also suffering China! While there are 
a few, all too few, preparing, there is 
none to go wow and they are dying! dy- 
ing ! dying ! Reader, why not get ready 
for the greatest work in the world you 
can do for your Master? 

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" If I had the education, I would go 
with the offering." These were words 
found with a liberal offering in the 
Conference collection. They are their 
best coment. Here is a life that is im- 
pelled to give, and impressed with a 
longing to go. Lack of education pre- 
vents and we breathe a prayer for the 
dear, earnest brother who is thus heavy 
at heart that he cannot toil for the Mas- 
ter under a foreign sun. 

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Now of course we feel sad that one 
impressed with such a willingness to 
go is thus hindered from going, but we 
know not the plans of God for this 
brother. One thing is certain, the for- 
eign fields need workers. There is a 
lamentable lack of volunteers for the 
field. But another thing is just as cer- 
tain, and that is that there is a lament- 
able lack of consecrated young men for 
the responsible posts at home. Conse- 
cration is a variable quantity. It easily 
adjusts itself to the educated life or to 
the uneducated, and possibly there is 
some post in the homeland that God 
intends this young life to fill. Thruout 
the length and breadth of our land there 
is a decided dearth of leadership among 


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our young people. Only here and there 
is any definite work being done by our 
Christian Workers' Societies, and this 
reveals a need such as only consecrated 
lives as that of our brother can supply. 
And today, dear young man or woman, 
the truest test of your ability to repre- 
sent the Church of the Brethren on the 
foreign field ' is your devotion to the 
duties of your home church, and your 
ability to lead your own young friends 
into the deeper experiences of the con- 
secrated life. 

* # * 

God needs workers, yes, badly ; but He 
needs them also in the home field. We 
would not be nearly so concerned about 
the recruits for the foreign field if all 
our young people at home would trans- 
late their dreaming of large churches, 
foreign fields, ideal religious conditions 
into consecrated effort right at home, 
where they now live and where they for 
a time at least must labor. If this prob- 
lem of injecting new life into our 
churches and young people's societies 
were solved and needed no more atten- 
tion, then the problem of securing volun- 
teers for our foreign fields would be 
solved or would solve itself; for the 
foreign missionary must be a home mis- 
sionary, and no one who is unwilling to 
serve the church at home in any position 
to the best of his ability can hardly ex- 
pect to be called of God to a responsible 
position in a foreign field. 

* * * 

So, dear young people, be encouraged. 
The waters of Pharpar and Abana 
seemed most clear to Naaman, but he 
found it more profitable to dip in the 
muddy Jordan. God has rich blessings 
in store for those whom He leads out to 
a foreign mission field, but His hand is 
not slackened for those who give them- 
seles with childlike trust, implicitly, into 
His hand. If lack of education hinders 
us in going, let us work here; if hin- 
drances and obstructions come in our 
path, thank God and take courage. Ob- 

structions do not come to us ; only when 

we are traveling do they block our path. 

* * * 

J. F. Graybill and wife of Palmyra, 
Pa., under appointment to labor in 
the Swedish mission field, have engaged 
passage on the Scandinavian-American 
Line to sail September 7, and should 
reach Copenhagen in about ten days. 
The transfer across the strait then to 
Malmo is but an hour or more when 
they will have reached their new home, 
and where they will be welcomed by 
brethren and sisters of the same pre- 
cious faith. 

Friends wishing to write them at their 
departure should address them up to 
Sept. 6, Bishop and Mrs. J. F. Graybill, 
care of Scandinavian-American Line, 
Outgoing S. S. " C. F. Tietgen," Sept. 
7, 1 Broadway, New York. Upon their 
arrival in Sweden, address Malmo, 
Sweden, Post Restante. 

Our China party, missionaries under 
appointment to the China field, consist- 
ing of Geo. W. Hilton, wife and son, 
B. F. Heckman, wife and two children, 
Homer Bright, wife and one child, Anna 
Hutchison and Winnie Cripe, have ar- 
ranged to sail from Seattle on Sept. 18. 
Friends can address them thus up to 
Sept. 17: Care of Great Northern S. S. 
Co., Outgoing S. S. Minnesota, Sept. 
18, Seattle, Washington. 

Later their address for the present will 
be Ping Ting Chou, Shansi, China. It 
is needless to say that when the news 
of the party coming reached China there 
was rejoicing among the little band 

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Dr. Burton, for many years a resident 
of the Fiji Islands, says that about 
£30,000 worth of intoxicating liquors 
are imported into, these islands every 
year. The trade is an illicit one, so far 
as . the natives are concerned, but the 
government receives the revenues, and 
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The world of missionary endeavor has 
recently suffered a severe loss in the 
death of Dr. Arthur T. Pierson, editor- 
in-chief of the Missionary Review of the 
World, who fell asleep on June 3. Dr. 
Pierson was born in New York City on 
March 6, 1837. He became editor of 
the Missionary Review of the World in 
1888, and his writings on the Bible and 
missions are known all over the world. 

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The first native woman physician in 
the Philippine Islands, Dr. Olivia Sala- 
monca, was graduated from the Wom- 
an's Medical College of Philadelphia in 
June, 1910. 

In the year 1861 a group of Polyne- 
sian Christians were blown away from 
their homes, drifting for 1,800 miles, 
and were finally washed up on the shores 
of the Ellice Islands. Immediately they 
set to work to evangelize these islands. 
Last year the contributions to missions 
of the Christians on these same islands 
amounted to $1,650. 
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Dr. Arthur F. Jackson was sent out 
from England in 1910, by the United 
Free Church of Scotland, to assist in the 
new medical college at Moukden. The 
plague was then raging and Dr. Jack- 
son was assigned to work in the quaran- 
tine quarters. Unfortunately he con- 
tracted the dread disease and died on 
January 25, 1911, scarcely two months 
after arriving at his China home. Rare- 
ly has the death of a missionary so 
touched the Chinese mind. In recogni- 
tion of the doctor's services the provin- 
cial treasury made a grant of $10,000 
to his bereaved mother. 

churches have withdrawn from their pro- 
fession during the past year. 

A Seventh Day Adventist, Naumann, 
who has declined to do military duty on 
Saturday for the German Government, 
has been condemned by the German 
army courts to terms of imprisonment, 
aggregating something like twenty-five 

What is said to be the largest order 
for Bibles ever given has just been 
placed with two publishing houses, by 
the Gideons, the Christian Commercial 
Travelers' Association of America, whose 
plan it is to place 100,000 Bibles in as 
many hotel rooms throughout the coun- 

After a thorough investigation the 
American Baptist Home Mission Society 
has decided to enter San Salvador and 
there begin work. This is said to be 
the most densely populated republic in 
the world, and to most of us is as un- 
known as Asia and Africa. The need is 
just as great, so we are told, and it is on 
our own shores. 

It is said that seven per cent of the 
ministry of the American Unitarian 

" The Moslem seeks Mecca, the He- 
brew Jerusalem, the Catholic Rome, each 
looking for the Holy City. The Protes- 
tant goes to his closet and shuts the 
door. The Moslem finds the tomb of a 
long-dead man; the Hebrew finds only 
a wall against which to wail; the Catho- 
lic finds a self-beleagured Roman citizen. 
The Protestant finds the ' Father who 
seeth in secret ! ' " 

A Mr. Rosenwald promised the ne- 
groes of Atlanta, Georgia, $25,000 
towards a Y. M. C. A. building, pro- 
vided they themselves would raise $40,- 


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000 for the purpose. In a whirlwind 
campaign of ten^days $67,000 had been 
pledged, or $27,000 more than was nec- 
essary to assure the gift. 

A Hamburg pastor in the German 
State Church writes : "Our city, with its 
numerous liberal pastors and its masses 
lapsed to heathenism, can thank God on 
its knees for the Salvation Army which, 
as a good Samaritan working among us, 
saves whom and where it can. I myself 
know a lawyer brought back to the faith 
in Salvation Army meetings. He reports 
that three others in his circle have been 
converted in the same way." — Record of 
Christian Work. 

The Mission to Lepers in India and 
the East was last year responsible for 
or assisted in the upkeep of seventy-nine 
leper asylums. In these were found over 
10,000 lepers, of whom over 3,500 are 
Christians, nearly all having been bap- 
tized in the asylums. Last year 545 
were baptized in these asylums. 

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The Young Christian and the Early 
Church is a new book issued by Ameri- 
can Baptist Press. The book belongs 
to the Christian Culture courses coming 
from these same publishers, a splendid 
idea for young people. This book like 
the others combines both the interesting 
study feature as well as ready reading. 
The author, Rev. J. W. Conley, has di- 
vided the volume into two parts of ten 
lessons each, the first coming up to 
Paul's conversion, and the second clos- 
ing with Paul's death. The author has 
selected his material well and presented 
it with tact, making the text valuable 
for class work. Price, 50 cents, post- 

The Gospel at Work in Modern Life. 
—When Robert Whitaker, the author, 

conceived the plan and scope of this 
work, he laid hold on the most practical, 
useful and helpful and dealt with them 
in a sensible manner. Indeed, the meth- 
od of treatment of such subjects as 
" The Gospel that Works," " The Gos- 
pel and Worship," " Home Conduct," 
" Working in the Church," " For Social 
Betterment," " Business, Recreations," 
" Home Making," " Modern Miracles," 
and so on, has unusual helpfulness for 
the reader, and it is a pity that this book 
is not in the hands of every young man 
and woman in the land. How true is 
such a statement as the following, found 
in one of the first chapters : " Sound 
doctrine means first of all sound living, 
and when it means less the clamor for 
it is a false cry." Or again, " The fore- 
most problem of the modern Christian 
is the Christian's first problem in ev- 
ery generation — to translate the timeless 
truth of Jesus, not the temporary forms 
of that truth, into the most convincing 
and commanding terms of contemporary 
life." Well arranged for profitable read- 
ing or careful study — a splendid text for 
a study class. Boards, 50 cents, post- 
paid. American Baptist Publication So- 
ciety, Philadelphia. 

The Church of Christ in Corea* — Mr. 
Fenwick, missionary in Corea, has writ- 
ten a most unusual book, the kind that 
but few flow from any generation's pen. 
It is neither biography, though it has 
enough of that to make the reader's 
knowledge of the author helpful to un- 
derstand the questions discussed ; it is 
not historical, and yet it tells enough of 
the acts of a body of Corean Christians 
to understand that they are making his- 
tory akin to the Acts of the Apostles. 
First the book describes how Christ 
found the author and took him to this 
field. The unusual in this is the credit 
given to the Lord for His wonderful 
work wrought. The next takes up the 

*A review of Malcom C. Fenwick's recent 
book, published by Geo. H. Doran Co., New 
York, and may be had thru Brethren Publish- 
ing House, Elgin, Illinois. Cloth, net, $1. 


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preconceived ideas of the author as he 
entered the mission field, and the almost 
total failure of his efforts. The third 
step gives account of how the untutored 
natives, with the power of the Gospel 
within them, work mightily among their 
fellows towards building and organizing 
churches. The stories of sacrifice, dep- 
rivation willingly and willfully im- 
posed, and of faith are most thrilling. 
" Native Sons Sent Out to Work," " The 
Splendid Success of the Native Pastor 
Where I Had Hopelessly Failed," " The 
Simple-hearted Believer in Any Coun- 
try Is God's Sufficient Instrument in 
That Country " are titles to chapters 
that, for insight to mission work and 
wisdom in laboring through native 
workers, are worth several times the 
price of the book to any reader interested 
in missions. Students of missions can 
hold a theory that most effectual work 
can be done through the native, but 
this book transforms theory into- deep 
conviction and the incidents of sacrifice 
will stir every reader to redouble his 
effort. If the church today would, — 
she can if she will, — go back to the 
methods advocated in this volume, she 
would again become apostolic, practical, 
effectual and greatly multiply her ef- 
ficiency both at home and abroad. She 
should go back. Why does she not? 

Children's Missionary Stories. — Ev- 
ery wide-awake worker among children 
uses stories ; for the great demand of 
child life is " tell me a 'tory." Made-up 
stories, nursery stories — the whole realm 
of the story world — seems to have been 
canvassed, save the unique field of mis- 
sionary endeavor. Seeing not only a 
need for missionary stories for junior 
bands but knowing the value of the 
story, Alice Moreton Burnett, corre- 
sponding secretary of the Woman's 
Board Home Missions, Christian church, 
has brought together thirty splendid mis- 
sionary stories. The editor turned over 
to one that attracted his eye, and when 
he was through his heart was touched, 

for tears of sympathy flowed. The 
stories will grasp the heart of the child. 
The book will furnish excellent material 
for leaders of little missionary bands, 
Sunday-school teachers, and mothers in 
the home who delig'ht to tell their chil- 
dren good stories. You cannot miss in 
buying the book; 128 pp. neatly bound 
in cloth, with a few illustrations, post- 
paid, 35 cents. Published by Christian 
Publishing Association. Orders may be 
filled through Brethren Publishing 
House, Elgin, Illinois. 


(Continued from Page 256.) 
Minnes ota — $1 .00. 

Mrs. Ross Workman, $ 100 

Total for the month $ 22 47 

Previously reported 95 55 

Total for year so far $ 118 02 


(Continued from Page 260.) 

North Dakota — $11.06. 

Con gr ega tion . 

Hebron, $ 11 06 

Iowa— $2.00. 

Middle District, Individual. 

Harrison Shaffer, 2 00 

Total, $ 13 06 


Pennsylvania — $12.00. 

Middle District, Congregation. 

Tyrone $ 12 00 

Total $ 12 00 


California — $5. CO. 

Southern District, Sunday-school. 

Primary Dept., Glendora, $ 5 00 

Total $ 5 00 

Missouri — $2.26. 
Southern District, Christian Workers' Society. 

Nevada, $ 2 26 

Total, $ 2 26 


World-wide Missions $13,563 01 

India Dormitories, 240 00 

India Mission 149 76 

India Industrial Work, 104 36 

India Native Workers, 50 00 

India Widows' Home 12 00 

Second Virginia Doug Fund 50 00 

India Orphanage 27 00 

China Mission 651 48 

North DaKota Hilton Fund 63 92 

China Orphanage 5 00 

Denmark and Sweden, 30 00 

Denver Colored Work 13 06 

Cuba Mission 2 26 

Total Conference Offering $14,961 85 


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I pray not that Thou shouldest take 
them from the world, but that Thou 
shouldest keep them from the evil one. 
They are not of the world, even as I am 
not of the world. Sanctify them in the 
truth : Thy word is truth. As Thou didst 
send Me into the world, even so sent I 
them into the world. And for their 
sakes I sanctify Myself, that they them- 
selves also may be sanctified in truth. 
. . . . O righteous Father, the world 
knew Thee not, but I knew Thee ; and 
these knew that Thou didst send Me: 
and I made known unto them Thy name, 
and will make it known; that the love 
wherewith Thou lovedst Me may be in 
them, and I in them. — Jesus. 

While it is the constant testimony of 
our missionaries that the prayers of their 
brethren at home are what help them 
most, yet when interceding for our com- 
rades at the front we should not cease 
to ask God for much on behalf of those 
who remain at home. Possibly in the 
missionary endeavor of the Church of 
the Brethren the following are some of 
the most urgent needs. Ask God often 
that the Holy Ghost, whom He has sent 
to us, may 

1. Draw our ministry in all places to 
take their rightful positions as the lead- 
ers of our missionary enterprise. 

2. Prompt the laity